The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), at its seventieth session, adopted resolution MEPC.278 (70) (Attached copy) with amendments to MARPOL Annex VI on data collection system for fuel oil consumption of ships, which entered into force on 1 March 2018.  According to this regulation, for ships of 5,000 gross tonnage and above engaged in international voyage, the data collecting and reporting will be required from the 2019 calendar.


IMO DCS applies to ships of 5,000 gross tonnage and above, for which the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) is required to be retained onboard.   Further amendments to MARPOL Annex VI, adopted at MEPC 70, establish a mandatory IMO DCS for the collection and reporting of fuel oil consumption data for each type of fuel used by a ship.

It is not applied to ships not propelled by mechanical means, and platforms including FPSOs, FSUs and drilling rigs, regardless of their propulsion.


Implementation Schedule

In accordance with Regulation 22.2 of MARPOL Annex VI, on or before 31 December 2018, all ships of 5,000 gross tonnage and above, shall have:

  • An approved Data Collection Plan
  • The Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) Part II that includes a description of the methodology will be used to collect the data required by regulation 22A of MARPOL Annex VI, according to resolution MEPC. 282(70) ; and
  • The process that will be used to report the data to the ship's Administration.

Timeline for the implementation

  • 1 March 2018 – entry into force
  • 31 December 2018 – Review of the revised SEEMP Part II by authorized RO and issuance of the Confirmation of Compliance (COC).
  • 1 January 2019 – Data Collection for fuel oil consumption and relevant parameters
  • Within three (3) months after the end of each calendar year –ships to submit data to the authorized RO;
  • Not later than five (5) months after the end of each calendar year - Verification of the reporting data by the Administration and issuance of the Statement of Compliance (SOC);
  • Data will be submitted to the IMO by the Administration.

 PMDS Recognition

PMDS is authorized by the flag Administrations of Panama and Belize as a Recognized Organization (RO) to carry out all tasks required under the revised MARPOL Annex VI including the verification and approval of SEEMP Part II as well as the issuance of the required Confirmation of Compliance.

PMDS Services

PMDS have developed services for the compliance of the DCS regulation as follow:

  • Amendment of SEEMP (addition of SEEMP Part II) by ships.

Through our specialist staff in Cyprus, our group is offering the assessment for the development of the Data Collection Plan (DCP) and amendment of the SEEMP to add the Part II, based on your ship´s particulars and requirements.

  • Application of approval for SEEMP Part II and issuance of the COC.

PMDS Technical personnel is duly qualified for the review of the SEEMP Part II in line with the regulatory requirements of the MEPC.282(70).

PMDS is authorized for the issuance of Confirmation of Compliance (COC) (as applicable by Flag Administration requirements.  Refer to Panama Flag MMC-365 and Belize MMN-18-002r1).

  • Data Collection for fuel oil consumption and aggregation of the collected data, and reporting to the Administration.

Panama Maritime Documentation Services (ClassPMDS) offers a web-application developed by Syndeseas Integrated Solutions Ltd, for supporting ship owners / ship managers in meeting the IMO DCS regulatory requirements (MARPOL, Annex VI, Regulation 22A).

This simplified tool has been designed and developed for supporting companies in correctly collecting and reporting data for compliance with both EU MRV & IMO DCS regulations: the mrv_log

The main purpose of the tool is to collect the necessary information and generate annual reports will be delivered to PMDS to perform the verification:

  • Report template as per the requirements
  • Data reporting
  • Data management
  • Pre-verification services to ensure that all errors/omissions, discrepancies and data gaps are timely and appropriately treated.
  • The mrv_log does not require any specific hardware or software installation onboard, and enables online as well as offline reporting on a per voyage basis.
  • Its functionality is based on guiding companies in the collection of the minimum required information (online or offline using a specific excel form which can be uploaded in the system at any given time), and the performance of all necessary auto-calculations by the system itself, for the simultaneous preparation of the annual Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emissions reports, fully in line with the regulatory requirements.
  • In support of the mrv_log, the automatic collection of data through any company-specific daily (noon) reporting tool can be integrated into the System, enabling it to perform the necessary EU MRV and IMO DCS reporting activities directly, without any additional administrative burden for the crew or company.
  • In case specifically requested, auditors can additionally perform pre-verification of reported data at regular intervals or on an ongoing basis, to ensure completeness, correctness and accuracy of the reported data.
  • Review of data and issuance of the Statement of Compliance

PMDS technical staff, upon completion of the verification, will be able to update the platform with a recommendation on whether PMDS may confirm to the Flag Administration that the submitted ship annual fuel oil consumption report complies with Part II of the SEEMP and the requirements of the MARPOL Annex VI, Regulation 22A.

Statement of Compliance (SOC) will be issued by PMDS as applicable by Flag Administration requirements.  Refer to Panama Flag MMC-365 and Belize MMN-18-002r1).

Please click on fallowing link  for the videos on how the mrv_log can be used for:



1.Registering a vessel and recording voyages online
2.Downloading our standard excel, filling it in offline and uploading it online for auto-calculations by the system.

Contact us

Please feel free to contact us for quotes and technical consultancies at:

PMDS Head Office

Corporate email:

Phone: (507) 226-6555

Attn: Lic. Nadiuska Acevedo / Eng. Reynaldo Garibaldi.