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IMO Guidance on the Development of a Ship Efficiency Management Plan

“There are around 70,000 ships engaged in international trade and this unique industry carries 90% of world trade. Compliance with the MARPOL Convention and other IMO instruments and the actions that many companies take beyond the mandatory requirements serve to further limit the impact on the global environment. It is nevertheless the case that efficiencies can be found to reduce fuel consumption and to produce directly related reductions in CO2 emissions for individual ships.

While the yield of individual measures may be small, the collective effect across the entire fleet will be significant.
Provisions already exist in the ISM Code for owners and operators to monitor environmental performance and to establish a programme for continuous improvement.

A Ship Efficiency Management Plan is simply an environmental procedure, which could be included alongside existing ISM requirements. It provides a possible approach for monitoring ship and fleet efficiency performance over time
and some options to be considered when seeking to optimise the performance of the ship.”
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