A Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) is intended to be a practical tool for helping ship-owners manage their environmental performance and improve operational efficiency. dnv can help you reap the benefits of SEEMP for your ships – cutting fuel consumption and operating costs.

The shipping industry has become the subject of increasing scrutiny in recent years as the general community and regulating authorities worldwide become more concerned about global carbon emissions. It is widely recognized that carbon emissions could be reduced significantly if operational efficiency were improved on a large number of ships.

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SEEMP Will become mandatory in January 2013
The iMo has taken a lead through MarPol and other regulatory instruments to enhance energy efficiency and GhG emission control for shipping. At the iMo MEPC 62 session in July 2011, amid mounting pressure from industry and other authorities, SEEMP was adopted and will become mandatory for all vessels at their first renewal or intermediate survey after 1 January 2013.

DNV recommends companies to use this opportunity to create a momentum for reducing their fuel and operating costs. For companies that want to develop their own SEEMP, a comprehensive guideline can be downloaded from

DNV – bringing lessons from the field to SEEMP development
DNV can also assist companies in preparing their SEEMP, either to get started or to prepare the plan itself. We have developed SEEMPs for customers around the world bringing a systematic, structured and cost effective approach to each project. Our SEEMP development services have been built on the experience gained from the delivery of SEEMPs, detailed energy efficiency projects and complementary work conducted by the entire DNV organization in the areas of fuel management, ship design, statutory and class services.

Going beyond compliance DNV believes that the way in which an SEEMP
is implemented determines whether it is successful or not. Since the overall objective of having a SEEMP is to use less fuel, the benefits of a successfully deployed SEEMP include reduced maintenance costs, fewer running hours and lower emissions.

A plan is essential Our approach is naturally fully compliant with the IMO guidelines, and improves on them by emphasising the delivery and implementation of the plan. By drawing on insight from leading practices in a range of shipping segments, DNV brings applied and practical intelligence to the SEEMP development process, ensuring that the ship-owner or operator not only becomes compliant, but also reaps the benefits of lower consumption and costs.


TEXT: Jonathan Abrahams, DNV

SEEMP – What exactly is it?

MO – MEPC.1/683, Guidance for the Development of a SEEMP recognises that operational efficiencies can make a valuable contribution to reducing global carbon emissions. A Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan’s main purpose is to establish a mechanism to improve a ship’s operational and energy efficiency – preferably linked to a broader corporate energy management policy. The SEEMP is intended to be customised to characteristics and needs of individual companies and ships.

The IMO guidelines themselves can be found on the IMO website

For enquiries related to ship energy audit, SEEMP and energy efficiency services, contact your local customer service manager or the Energy Efficiency unit: or A comprehensive guideline can be downloaded from