Applicability: shipowners, ship operators, ship managers and ship masters.

We would like to inform you that the Bunker Delivery Note (BDN) submitted as part of the evidence pack for IMO DCS and MRV Emissions Report verification must, in all cases, indicate the fuel name and grade as specified in the ISO 8217 fuel standard to ensure the correct Emissions Factor is used.

Always use standard naming 

Instead of using standard naming such as Heavy Fuel Oil (ISO 8217 grades RME through RMK) and Light Fuel Oil (LFO) (ISO 8217 grades RMA through RMD), names such as VLSHFO, VLSFO and LSHFO are being used by fuel oil suppliers, resulting in confusion and mistakes being made when classifying these fuels as per the grades mentioned in ISO 8217. 

Check with your oil suppliers

Lloyd’s Register (LR) recommends liaising closely with fuel oil suppliers to confirm that, in all cases, the fuel name and grade follow ISO 8217 guidelines when mentioned in the BDN.

Consequences of incorrect reporting

Reporting incorrect fuel type and the corresponding Emission Factor (Cf) will have implications on the vessel rating in view of future IMO regulations and amendments to the EU Emissions Trading System (i.e Carbon Intensity Indicator) coming into force soon.
LR may request additional evidence to correctly classify these fuels as per the grades mentioned in ISO 8217.

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