Green Sea Guard | Emissions

The Issues Around Ship Emissions

Did you know that 95% of our visible trade in the UK comes to us by sea? If we put shipping emissions on the list of the world's biggest polluters by country, shipping would be positioned as the sixth largest.
Coastguards currently enforce UN regulations by manual inspection of fuel tanks and by inspecting paper fuel receipts. These methods are time-consuming, impacting ship profitability. The manual inspections can take up to four days, so the ship will be incurring additional operating cost and schedule delays. Fuel receipts are often inaccurate and can be forged relatively easily, a known problem to regulators. Fitting a Green Sea Guard SEEC system allows shipowners to avoid fuel and receipt inspections, benefiting coastguards and port authorities the benefits of automation. EU guidelines require coastguards to inspect one ship in ten, but the most conscientious coastguards currently inspect less than one in seven hundred.

MARPOL Agreement

75 countries signed the MARPOL Agreement requiring shipowners to reduce their emissions of SOx and NOx from January 2015. Green Sea Guard has developed the SEEC systems to help coastguards monitor emissions and make their job easier; the system also helps shipowners to monitor their CO2 emissions and subsequently report these data to their customers.


MRV (Monitoring, Reporting, Verification) regulation entered into force on 1 July 2015. The requirement is for ship operators to monitor, report and verify CO2 emissions for vessels annually. This applies to ships whose gross tonnage is greater than 5,000 entering any EU or EFTA port. Data collection is on a per voyage basis and started on 1st January 2018.