THE INTERNATIONAL Chamber of Shipping this week launched its Carbon Intensity Indicator Data Collection System.

The International Maritime Organization developed the CII as a rating system to measure the energy efficiency of ships above 5000 gross tonnage and trading internationally. The CII came into effect on 1 January this year. It is presently in an experience-building phase, with a formal review running in parallel, until 1 January 2026.

ICS developed its system following the IMO’s invitation during the Marine Environment Protection Meeting (MEPC80) in July for interested member states and organisations to collect data and submit information and proposals

The system enables shipowners and managers to submit data, including fuel consumption, transport work, and the trial metrics.

Such information will enable a clearer understanding of how fairly and effectively the CII system is functioning and provide the necessary input to the IMO for system improvement.

ICS technical director and lead on the CII Data Collection System Chris Waddington said ICS wants to engage in the current experience-building phase of the CII review to ensure that the system is fit for purpose and effective.

“The ICS Data Collection System offers shipowners and managers the opportunity to contribute data that will improve the rating system in the future,” he said.

“We encourage shipowners to utilise the system in order to offer first-hand insights into what works well and possible challenges within the system. This data will be shared with the IMO and keep dialogues open for how best to meet our 2030, 2040 and 2050 net zero carbon emissions targets.”