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BSM’s Fleet Performance Centre is the central unit supporting performance optimisation and decarbonisation of the managed ships ©BSM

Published on 06 December 2023

Following a year of intensive development, BSM now offers a broad package of measures and value-added services aimed at ensuring a seamless transition to EU ETS. Sebastian von Hardenberg, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of BSM states, “Our approach not only encompasses EU ETS management and compliance services but also seeks to optimise ship and fleet performance to reduce CO2 emissions and financial exposure.”

Emission Scheme Administration and Management

BSM’s services cover the monitoring, collection and reporting of required emission data, as well as verification for each voyage affected by EU ETS. The company has devised a highly automated, integrated end-to-end solution, enabling the creation of validated emission statements through the authorized third-party verifier DNV and calculation of equivalent allowances for regulatory compliance. This includes streamlining interactions with EU authorities, and administration of maritime operator holding accounts.

Leveraging strong in-house IT capabilities, BSM is in the position to provide the entire process fully integrated into its ERP-ecosystem transparently visualised for the customer. An intuitive interface allows real-time oversight of emissions related to EU ETS and compliance status, with continuous monitoring of outstanding emission allowances and timely reconciliation.

Handling and Trading of EU Allowances

In addition, BSM facilitates market access and acquisition of emission allowances through its extensive network. BSM has opened EU registry trading accounts in Germany and Cyprus, onboarded a network of providers and implemented EU allowance trading mechanism.

Sebastian von Hardenberg notes, “We have partnered with selected banks working on emission allowance deposit and safekeeping solutions and with carbon certificate brokers offering trading services.”

Fleet Performance Optimisation and Decarbonisation Services

Another crucial component is optimizing the fleet performance. Anil Jacob, Head of the Fleet Performance Centre, BSM’s central unit supporting performance optimisation and decarbonisation of the managed ships, says, “We enable our crews onboard, shipowners and charterers to make data driven decisions for most efficient vessel operations that reduces their environmental impact and thus costs and comply with or even go beyond the requirements of international regulations. This has always been the core task of our Fleet Performance Centre but is now becoming even more of a focus for owners and charterers.”

Through continued vessel performance monitoring, BSM tracks major fuel consumption contributors such as the hull, machinery, speed, route, and weather. This approach ensures voyage optimisation, regulatory compliance, and increased vessel energy efficiency. Inefficiencies are promptly identified, allowing for swift corrective actions.

Von Hardenberg points out, “The shipping industry has a diverse structure, ranging from small and medium-sized ship owners to large majors and investment corporations, from EU-based companies to entities that only occasionally or rarely call the European Union.” The CFO says that accordingly the level of knowledge and requirements of the customers are very different. Ultimately, the client decides to what extent BSM’s expertise and support is requested, from standard obligations for emissions reporting to complete EU ETS management on behalf of the owner.

EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS)

In 2024, the European Union’s Emission Trading System will be extended to cover CO2 emissions from all large ships (of 5,000 gross tonnage and above) entering EU ports, regardless of the flag they fly. From 1 January 2024, emissions data have to be recorded, verified and reported for every ship calling an EU port. By 30 September 2025 shipping companies must surrender their first ETS allowances for emissions reported in 2024. The share of emissions that must be covered by allowances gradually increases each year:

  • 2025: 40% of emissions reported for 2024 must be covered by Emission Allowances (EUAs)
  • 2026: 70% of emissions reported for 2025
  • 2027 and beyond: 100% of reported emissions
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Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM)

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About Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) is an integrated maritime solutions provider. Managing a fleet of over 650 vessels, over 20,000 seafarers and 2,000 shore-based employees enable the delivery of safe, reliable, and efficient ship management services through a network of 11 ship management centres, 26 crew service centres and four wholly owned maritime training centres across the world. Alongside comprehensive ship management services, BSM offers a suite of complementary maritime solutions that are customised to meet individual customer requirements. As a member of the Schulte Group, BSM benefits from its 140+ years of experience in the shipping industry.

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