The new sulphur content limits of the revised of Marpol Annex VI entered into force on January 1, 2015. The obligations for member states on sampling frequency in ports, defined in the EU Implementing Decision, will enter into force beginning of 2016.
The CompMon project will join Member States’ forces in voluntary piloting of effective targeting for the enforcement of IMO Marpol Annex VI. The CompMon project will achieve its aims through a set of voluntary measures by the Member States, which will increase the cost-efficiency of on-board controls and enforcement. Such measures include airborne compliance monitoring of fuel sulphur content through exhaust gases at sea, compliance monitoring in fixed installations, as well as on-board checks using hand-held equipment.
The project is a Flagship project in the Policy Area Clean Shipping of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. More information about the Policy Area and other Flagship projects can be found from:
The CompMon CEF Action aims to produce actionable information (e.g. risk ratings, alerts), which can be used by national control authorities to target on-board inspections in a cost-efficient manner, to those ships that most likely are non-compliant with MARPOL Annex VI regulations. CompMon will achieve this by using remote sensing and advanced sampling methods to determine the compliance of individual vessels, in particular the sulphur content in fuel. While it is expected that the CompMon information would be complemented with other (on-board) evidence for legal proceedings, the CEF Action will set the basis for standardization and approval processes to establish CompMon data as an audit trail and to increase their value as prima facie evidence.
The objective of the Action is to define the approach of the CompMon, pilot its feasibility at European scale and to bring it to active level. This will result in a credible threat against non-compliance at much lower costs than could be achieved through inspections only. The Action will also establish a governance structure for future European co-operation in view monitoring and enforcement of EU Directive nr. 2012/33/EU and Marpol Annex VI, provide legal guidance to its implementation and identify potential for strengthening the enforcement in and between Member States.