RightShip’s Qi to unlock IMO 2020 compliance transparency

Australian vetting and safety firm RightShip is asking operators of vessels over 8,000 dwt to confirm their compliant fuel choices and ship implementation plans ahead of the implementation of the 2020 sulphur cap.

RightShip will display the information on a per-vessel basis via vetting platform Qi, making it available to charterers. Any serious incidents, detentions or non-compliance related to IMO 2020 regulation will also be highlighted on the Qi platform from January 1, 2020.

Users of Qi will be able to see each vessel’s method for IMO 2020 compliance as declared by the ISM operator, and vetting customers will have the option to screen this data as part of their vetting criteria.

Rightship stressed that a vessel’s Risk Rating or GHG Rating will not be influenced by its IMO 2020 compliance method, leaving any decision whether to accept a ship based on its method of compliance with the vetting customer.

Martin Crawford-Brunt, CEO of RightShip, said: “Complying with IMO 2020 brings a host of technical and operational risks that all of the industry needs to be aware of. It is therefore vital that all parties – ranging from ship owners, managers and charterers – have a full understanding of how compliance is being managed across a fleet. This temperature check will provide a means for vessel owners and managers to communicate their transition plan and their chosen compliance pathway. RightShip remains impartial to the compliance option selected and we will continue to support industry safety standards.

“This is an excellent opportunity for us to engage with vessel operators and allow them to directly input their own data, which in turn will support a smoother vetting process. This is an important element in our mission to work across the industry, and will allow us to share the collective lessons we are learning on the implementation.”

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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