Goal Setting, Managing the stakeholders and Human resources development

According to IMO guidelines, goal setting for SEEMP is voluntary and there is no need for announcement to public nor are they subject to external inspection. Purpose of goal setting is to increase commitment to improving energy efficiency; thus the IMO guidelines encourage companies to set goals. The goal should be measurable and easy to understand. It can take any form such as “annual fuel consumption”, “EEOI targets” or other items.

The improvement of energy efficiency of a ship does not necessarily depend on ship operator/owner only. A number of stakeholders are involved as shown in figure below.

These are:

  • Port authorities who are in charge of port management and thus ships’ use of ports and related delays and so on.
  • Cargo owner and charterer that have ultimate authority for ship itinerary and commercial activities of the ship.
  • Ship owner could be different from operator/manager and thus will impact ship operational efficiency via decision making on ship technical improvements and relevant investments.

Figure 14: Ship energy management stakeholders (MariEMS 2017).

According to IMO guidelines, raising awareness and providing necessary training for personnel both on shore and on board are an important element. Such human resource development is encouraged and should be considered as an important component of planning as well as a critical element of implementation. The company management should define and communicate the companies’ values and aspirations and detail how the company intends to achieve the objectives of their energy policy including the identification of roles and responsibilities, the setting of targets and monitoring performance (MariEMS 2017).