Confirmation by IMO of a 20% correction in its Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) calculation formula for roro and ropax vessels has been welcomed by trade association Interferry as an incentive to revive newbuild projects that have been inhibited by the current criteria.
The decision was confirmed on 13 April at the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meeting and can be applied immediately.
The EEDI requires that, by certain dates, all types of new ships built for international operation must be more energy efficient than the average of existing designs in their respective trades. In 2016, Interferry used its IMO consultative status to voice concerns from members that – even with highly efficient newbuild designs – the sector-wide target was proving problematic, suggesting it might be due to the diversity of such vessels.
After extensive industry research and deliberations, supported by several flag administrations, IMO has now adopted the draft amendment approved at last year’s MEPC session confirming that the dataset used to establish the roro and ropax requirements contained too many errors and agreeing that a 20% correction shall be applied.
IMO is encouraging flag states to apply the correction retrospectively. Interferry regulatory affairs director Johan Roos commented “This means the 20% adjustment can also be introduced immediately for existing contracted new buildings, providing a much-needed margin for many projects that struggle to meet the EEDI requirements, sometimes missing by just a few percentage points.”
Praising Finland and the Republic of Korea for their instrumental role in the agreement, Mr Roos added “It’s important to stress that this is not a relaxation of the requirement for improved energy performance – it’s a fair and just way of ensuring the ferry sector achieves it. We are very pleased that our members will now be able to proceed with design projects that have previously been considered too risky.”