1. Introduction

This document outlines the proposed incorporation of the Energy Efficiency Operating Indicator (EEOI) as a Baltic Exchange administered market comparison and benchmarking tool. The proposed system will calculate indicative EEOI values for commonly plied maritime trade routes using standard vessel characteristics and publish these to the market in a way that is similar to the existing Baltic Exchange indices. Such reference benchmarks will provide the shipping industry with a valuable point of reference and comparison as the market seeks to understand the inherent variability in operating efficiencies across routes and size classes and take practical steps to minimise its carbon footprint.

This document is a starting point for the Baltic Exchange EEOI benchmark consultation. Members will contribute their findings and actual vessel operating performance to validate and update the route EEOI assumptions and values, ensuring they reflect as close as possible the actual performance of vessels.

To ensure the standard vessel characteristics and reference EEOI values remain useful over time, the Baltic Exchange also proposes to work with members through forums and working groups to reflect actual EEOI figures for the routes in question. This activity mirrors the change process that the Baltic governs in relation to the standard Baltic vessel descriptions and routes.

2. An overview of the Energy Efficiency Operating Indicator

The International Maritime Organisation's (IMO) initial strategy on greenhouse gas reduction sets out sectoral targets to reduce absolute emissions from global maritime activity by 50% in 2050 compared to 2008 levels. Combined with increasing scrutiny by regional organisations and national governments and the advent of numerous sectoral initiatives focused on emissions reduction, tackling the challenge of maritime decarbonisation is a priority across the shipping industry.

Alongside publishing sectoral emissions targets, a suite of metrics and indicators has been developed and endorsed by the IMO and other maritime bodies to support and measure the industry's progress towards its carbon reduction goals. One of these metrics is the Energy Efficiency Operating Indicator (EEOI), an IMO endorsed1 measure developed to help monitor and quantify emissions and vessel operating efficiency. The EEOI is the ratio of a vessel's CO2 emissions to work performed and is a complementary measure to the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI). The EEDI provides indicative information on a vessel's achievable efficiency based on its design characteristics and distance travelled in a year. In contrast, the EEOI provides insight into a vessel's actual efficiency on the water.

The EEOI is used for understanding and monitoring the operating efficiency of individual vessels for a particular voyage2. More recently, however, the measure has also gained traction to measure portfolio efficiency across a fleet of vessels or activities. An annualised, weighted-average portfolio level calculation of the EEOI serves as the primary metric used by the Sea Cargo Charter (SCC) to track organisational alignment to IMO decarbonisation trajectories.

3. Calculating the Energy Efficiency Operating Indicator

Vessel operating efficiency may vary between voyages for numerous reasons. The amount of cargo carried, fuel consumed in ballast, changes in speed or behaviour, maintenance measures such as hull cleaning, or the installation of new components which impact the vessel's operating profile can all cause efficiency variation over time and from voyage to voyage. The EEOI provides visibility of the impacts of such changes. At the vessel level, repeated per voyage calculation of the EEOI provides valuable insight into a vessel's actual efficiency on the water across its life span.

The EEOI is defined by the IMO as the ratio of mass of CO2 emitted per unit of transport work done. For a given voyage, this can be presented as:

Where EEOI is the Energy Efficiency Operating Indicator, j the fuel type, FCj the mass of fuel consumed during the voyage (including the port time and ballast leg), CFj the CO2 conversion factor for fuel j, mcargo the mass of cargo carried (or equivalent work done) and D the laden distance in nautical miles.

For tankers and dry bulk carriers, the mass of cargo is expressed as metric tonnes of cargo carried. Conversion factors for common fuels are displayed in Table 1.

Table 1 Fuel Type conversion factors for use in EEOI calculations

Fuel Type Reference Carbon Content Conversion factor (tonnes of CO2 produced per tonne of fuel consumed)
Diesel/Gas Oil ISO 8217 Grades DMX through DMC 0.875 3.206000
Light Fuel Oil (LFO) ISO 8217 Grades RMA through RMD 0.86 3.151040
Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) ISO 8217 Grades RME through RMK 0.85 3.114400
Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG)







Liquified Natural Gas (LNG)   0.75 2.750000

Equation 1 allows the calculation of the EEOI on a per vessel, per voyage basis, using vessel measurements commonly known and communicated as part of everyday operations and noon reporting.

4. Creating EEOI reference values for Baltic standard vessels and routes

It is possible to calculate actual EEOI values for given vessels and fleet portfolios, allowing the examination of changes in efficiency over time. In addition, it is also often useful to compare values across similar vessels and portfolios for a given snapshot in time. Such a frame of reference would be a helpful market comparison tool for organisations engaged in commercial maritime trade, seeking to meet targets related to their carbon footprint and operating efficiency levels. However, whilst vessel owners and operators may have access to such information on their own fleets, a lack of available reference data makes market level comparisons more challenging.

To address this, the Baltic Exchange has calculated indicative EEOI reference values based on Baltic standard vessel characteristics trading on the Baltic standard routes. The approach generates values for all the routes on which the Baltic Exchange already publishes a freight index, "Baltic Route EEOI values" (BREEOI). 3 outlines the steps in the calculation methodology used to calculate the BREEOI:

Table 2 Baltic Exchange Reference EEOI Calculation Methodology

Step Details

Define the characteristics of the standard vessel to be used in the reference EEOI calculation, including:

a) Cargo carried as described in the Baltic route description, stowage factor or draft

b) Fuel consumption rates for laden and ballast legs

c) Fuel consumption in port idle and during operations, including heating if required

d) Steaming speed on laden and ballast legs


Define the physical characteristics of the route in question, including:

a) Laden and ballast leg distances

b) Distance of any route portions where relevant fuel type regulations are applicable (e.g. Emission Control Areas)

3. Calculate the total of each type of fuel consumed using consumption rates, steaming speeds and voyage distance information
4. Convert the fuel consumption values into CO2 emissions using the conversion factors outlined in Table 1
5. Calculate the work done on the reference voyage by multiplying the cargo tonnage by laden distances
6. Calculate the reference EEOI value for the route and vessel size by dividing the CO2 emissions figure by the calculated work done

3 shows example calculation values for VLCC Route TD3 (Ras Tanura to Ningbo) using both full and Eco speed steaming regimes.

Parameter Value at Full Speed Value at ECO Speed
Cargo carried (tonnes) 280,000 280,000
Laden fuel consumption g/pd 93000000 58500000
Ballast fuel consumption g/pd 79500000 44000000
At-port fuel consumption g/pd 4000000 4000000
Laden leg steaming speed (knots) 14 12
Ballast leg steaming speed (knots) 14 12
Laden leg mileage (nm) 5897 5897
Laden leg mileage (nm) 5897 5897 Laden ECA mileage (nm) 85 85
Laden non-ECA mileage (nm) 5812 5812
Ballast leg mileage (nm) 5003 5003
Ballast leg ECA mileage (nm) 417 417
Ballast leg non-ECA mileage (nm) 4586 4586
CO2 emissions produced (g) 10796596447 7886434176
Work done (tnm) 1592195897 1592195897
Reference EEOI value (gCO2/tnm)  6.78 4.95

BREEOI values are calculated based on the vessel operating both at Full speed and a slower but more economical speed (Eco speed). Performing the voyage at Full or Eco speed impacts the amount of fuel consumed (CO2 emitted) and the time taken to perform the voyage.

Figure 1

  • BREEOI Route Values
TD01 (VLCC) 4.81 3.61 -1.20
TD02 (VLCC) 6.01 4.67 -1.34
TD03 (VLCC) 5.74 4.39 -1.34
TD15 (VLCC) 5.70 4.30 -1.39
TD22 (VLCC) 5.39 4.04 -1.34
TD06 (SUEZ) 13.06 10.39 -2.67
TD20 (SUEZ) 9.45 7.24 -2.21
TD23 (SUEZ) 8.78 6.73 -2.05
TD07 (AFRA) 23.56 20.49 -3.08
TD08 (AFRA) 15.62 12.63 -2.99
TD09 (AFRA) 16.49 13.06 -3.43
TD14 (AFRA) 12.63 9.64 -2.99
TD17 (AFRA) 12.54 10.08 -2.46
TD19 (AFRA) 14.36 11.37 -2.99
TD24 (AFRA) 13.20 10.81 -2.40
TD25 (AFRA) 14.12 10.69 -3.43
TD26 (AFRA) 22.04 18.58 -3.45
TC01 (LR2) 12.70 9.51 -3.19
TC15 (LR2) 11.77 8.78 -2.99
TC20 (LR2) 14.60 16.58 1.99
TC05 (LR1) 13.29 10.13 -3.16
TC08 (LR1) 11.36 8.68 -2.67
TC16 (LR1) 12.60 9.70 -2.91
TD21 (PANA) 19.29 15.79 -3.50
TC02 (MR) 17.48 13.40 -4.08
TC07 (MR) 17.75 13.50 -4.25
TC10 (MR) 15.41 11.68 -3.73
TC11 (MR)  16.46 12.74 -3.72
TC12 (MR) 17.47 13.22 -4.25
TC14 (MR) 16.35 12.40 -3.95
TC17 (MR) 18.49 14.24 -4.25
TC18 (MR) 16.15 12.23 -3.92
TC19 (MR)  16.90 12.87 -4.03
TC21 (MR) 13.47 15.03 1.55
TC06 (HAND)  31.82 27.18 -4.64
TC09 (HAND) 21.58 16.81 -4.77
TD18 (HAND)  25.59 20.82 -4.77
TC23 (HAND) 39.59 20.82 -4.77


As expected, the Eco BREEOI values shown in Figure 1 are lower than the Full BREEOI values, a vessel operating at a slower speed emits less CO2 and carries the same amount of cargo over the same distance (same amount of work) as a vessel performing at full speed on the same voyage.

  1. For voyages with a shorter sailing distances the reduction in CO2 due to sailing slower at Eco speed is less, about 20% saving compared to 33% average for longer voyages.
  2. Port operations have an impact on shorter voyages. For example TC6 is a cross Mediterranean voyage of about 1.6 laden days. The CO2 emitted for five days of port operations is 40% of the total emissions.

5. Calculating an Annual Operating Energy Efficiency value

The IMO uses two definitions of carbon intensity, the EEOI and the Annual Efficiency Ratio (AER); both are a ratio of CO2 emissions and work done. EEOI represents the ratio of CO2 emissions and work done for a specific voyage, whereas AER represents the ratio of a year's CO2 emissions and the work done in the year, but with the following differences:

  1. EEOI calculates work as cargo carried multiplied by the distance of the laden leg
  2. AER calculates work as the deadweight of the vessel multiplied by total distance travelled in a year (ballast and laden)

The AER includes the ballast as work and ignores operational designs such as cubic capacity and deadweight draft ratios, as a result it assumes the vessel performs more work than the EEOI calculation. To represent an annual value the Baltic calculates an implied annual operating efficiency ratio based on the BREEOI calculations for each vessel size, Equation 3. An annual EEOI value reflects the average of the vessel type trading all the routes for one year3. To calculate a Baltic Annual EEOI (BAEEOI) the Baltic uses all the routes for a vessel type and applies a Time factor4. A vessel operating at Eco speed does less work in a year than at Full speed as it performs fewer voyages, and the TimeFactor takes this into account,

Figure 2 displays plots indicating the spread and distribution of BAEEOI differences within major size classes found in Table 4. A summary of key calculation information can be found in Table 5.

Table 4

Vessel Deadweight Cargo Type
VLCC 300,000 Dirty
SUEZMAX 160,000 Dirty
AFRAMAX 105,000 Dirty
LR2 105,000 Clean
PANAMAX 75,000 Dirty
LR1 75,000 Clean
MR 47,000 Clean
HANDY 37,800 Clean
Vessel Size BAEEOI Values
  Full Speed Eco Speed Delta
VLCC 5.53 4.20 -1.33
SUEZMAX 10.43 8.12 -2.31
AFRAMAX 16.06 13.04 -3.02
LR2 13.02 11.62 -1.40
PANAMAX 19.29 15.79 -3.50
LR1 12.42 9.50 -2.92
MR 16.59 13.13 -3.46
HANDY 29.64 24.91 -4.73

Figure 2

6. Calculating the annual carbon footprint

As set out in Table 2 step 4, the EEOI calculation process calculates the amount of CO2 by converting the fuel consumption into carbon emissions using the conversion factors outlined in Table 1. The annual amount of CO2 can be calculated, Equation 4, using the same routes and weightings to calculate the BAEEOI for each vessel size at Full and Eco speed.

  Annualised CO2
  (Tonne) Eco-Full
Vessel size Eco Full Delta %
VLCC 72,419 47,740 -24,679  -34%
SUEZMAX 53,751 36,805 -16,946 -32%
AFRAMAX 46,217 32,565  -13,652 -30%
LR2 49,863  29,837  -19,926  -40%
PANAMAX 34,932 25,772  -9,160 -26%
LR1 33,934  22,798 -11,136  -33%
MR 27,656  18,836 -8,820 -32%
HANDY 22,358  16,742 -5,616 -25%

Figure 3


shows the CO2 emissions are less when operating at Eco speed and is lower for smaller vessels, which was expected. Only looking at the quantity of CO2 emitted overlooks that a larger vessel is doing more work also that vessels operating at slower speeds will carry less cargo in a year, or more ships are needed to carry the same amount of cargo.

7. Calculating the annual cargo carried

The annual amount of cargo carried can be calculated, Equation 5, using the same routes to calculate the BAEEOI for each vessel size at Full and Eco speed



Vessel size Annualised cargo carried
(Tonne) Eco-Full
Full Eco Delta %
VLCC 1,413,736 1,233,033 -180,703 -13%
SUZMAX 1,589,447 1,411,833 -177,614 -11%
AFRAMAX 1,499,486 1,336,520 -162,966 -11%
LR2 517,606 452,726 -64,880 -13%
PANAMAX 1,112,485 1,002,786 -109,699 -10%
LR1 476,681 418,605 -58,076 -12%
MR 406,490 358,185 -48,305 -12%
HANDY 965,795 887,793 -78,002 -8%

Figure 4


Figure 4 shows the calculated annual quantity of cargo carried in one year. When comparing the amount of cargo carried and the CO2 emitted in a year.

A VLCC carries 13% less cargo operating at Eco Speed and emit 35% less CO2.

This simplistic view would indicate it is better to have more vessels operating at Eco speed. However, the carbon footprint of building more vessels, inefficiencies in positioning and many other factors such as enforcement of slow speed, need to be considered. The main observation is that the ratio of CO2 emissions to work done enables comparison between vessels, the way they operate and are operated. It supports the IMO position to use a ratio calculation of CO2 and work done for the Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) journey.

8. Sea Cargo Charter EEOI values and BAEEOI values

The Sea Cargo Charter (SCC) is a maritime organisation set up to help signatories understand their operating carbon footprint and determine whether their overall emissions intensity aligns with IMO targets to reduce absolute emissions from global activity by 50% compared to 2008 levels. The EEOI is the primary metric used by the SCC to track and evaluate a signatory organisation’s emissions footprint.

To determine alignment with IMO targets, the SCC has defined overall decarbonisation trajectories to be attained by signatories across their maritime activities. Decarbonisation trajectories are calculated pathways to reach IMO targets following progressive reductions in carbon intensity, as measured by the EEOI, over time. Each year, the SCC publishes data provided by signatories indicating whether their carbon intensities align with the requirements set by the decarbonisation trajectory. Because carbon intensities vary depending on ship type and size, as well as publishing annualised, aggregated figures of alignment for the entire portfolio of a signatory, the SCC also examines alignment within vessel size and type classes.

We compare the SCC required EEOI values with the Baltic Exchange's BREEOI and BAEEOI calculated values in the section below.

SCC Required EEOI values and Decarbonisation Trajectories

To determine climate alignment, SCC signatories reference annualised vessel EEOI figures to compare with decarbonisation trajectory derived required values. Because carbon intensity varies across vessels, EEOI values are provided for defined categories relating to vessel size and type.

Trajectory Values were calculated by examining the IMO target of a 50% reduction in emissions compared with 2008, with additional allowance made for projected growth in shipping activity levels over time. Between the 2012 and 2050 calibration points, a linear trajectory is assumed, reflecting a constant improvement in carbon intensity figures over time. Technical guidance of the SCC is available on its website (https://www.seacargocharter.org).

SCC EEOI values over time

The SCC process allows signatories to compare their carbon intensity alignment at the portfolio and category level with defined values mathematically derived from decarbonisation trajectories. However, whilst this comparison is helpful for showing progress towards overarching annual goals, it does not provide a mechanism for relative benchmarking based on voyages performed. Such a frame of reference would be a useful additional market comparison tool.

Comparing Sea Cargo Charter EEOI values with Baltic annualised EEOI values, BAEEOI

Figure 5 displays box plots indicating the spread and distribution within vessel sizes of the BAEEOI Full and Eco Speed over the SCC 2022 values.

Vessel size EEOI Values
VLCC 5.53 4.20 5.93
SUEZMAX 10.43 8.12 8.40
AFRAMAX 16.06 13.04 10.61
LR2 13.02 8.92 10.61
PANAMAX 19.29 15.79 12.79
LR1 12.42 9.50 12.79
MR1 16.59 13.13 16.57
HANDY 29.64 24.91 18.70


The Baltic BAEEOI values map well to the SCC values, in both Baltic and SCC values, larger vessels have lower EEOI scores than smaller counterparts reflecting their overall improved efficiency compared with smaller vessels. There is a difference related to Dirty cargo requiring heating to enable the cargo to be discharged.

Figure 6 plots the Baltic route EEOI values against the SCC 2022 target values

Route EEOI values
Route Delta BREEOI SCC
BREEOI Full BREEOI Eco SCC 2022 Target Full Eco
TD1 (VLCC) 4.67 3.61 5.78 -1.11 -2.17
TD2 (VLCC) 5.83 4.67 5.78 0.05 -1.11
TD3 (VLCC) 5.56 4.39 5.78 -0.23 -1.39
TD15 (VLCC) 5.51 4.30 5.78 -0.27 -1.48
TD22 (VLCC) 5.21 4.04 5.78 -0.58 -1.74
TD6 (SUEZ) 12.56 10.39 8.19 4.36 2.19
TD20 (SUEZ) 9.14 7.24 8.19 0.94 -0.96
TD23 (SUEZ) 8.49 6.73 8.19 0.29 -1.46
TD7 (AFRA) 23.13 20.49 10.35 12.78 10.14
TD8 (AFRA) 15.20 12.63 10.35 4.85 2.28
TD9 (AFRA) 16.00 13.06 10.35 5.65 2.71
TD14 (AFRA) 12.21 9.64 10.35 1.86 -0.71
TD17 (AFRA) 12.19 10.08 10.35 1.84 -0.27
TD19 (AFRA) 13.94 11.37 10.35 3.59 1.03
TD24 (AFRA) 12.87 10.81 10.35 2.52 0.46
TD25 (AFRA) 13.64 10.69 10.35 3.29 0.34
TD26 (AFRA) 21.55 18.58 10.35 11.20 8.23
TC1 (LR2) 12.25 9.51 10.35 1.90 -0.84
TC15 (LR2) 11.35 8.78 10.35 1.00 -1.57
TC5 (LR1) 12.81 10.13 12.47 0.34 -2.34
TC8 (LR 1) 10.96 8.68 12.47 -1.52 -3.79
TC16 (LR 1) 12.17 9.70 12.47 -0.31 -2.77
TC21 (PANA) 18.76 15.79 12.47 6.29 3.32
TC2 (MR) 16.84 13.40 16.16 0.69 -2.76
TC7 (MR) 17.09 13.50 16.16 0.93 -2.66
TC10 (MR) 14.83 11.68 16.16 -1.33 -4.47
TC11 (MR) 15.88 12.74 16.16 -0.28 -3.42
TC12 (MR) 16.81 13.22 16.16 0.65 -2.94
TC14 (MR) 15.74 12.40 16.16 -0.42 -3.75
TC17 (MR) 17.83 14.24 16.16 1.67 -1.92
TC18 (MR) 15.54 12.23 16.16 -0.62 -3.93
TC19 (MR) 16.27 12.87 16.16 0.11 -3.29
TC6 (HAND) 31.21 27.18 18.23 12.98 8.95
TC9 (HAND) 20.95 16.81 18.23 2.72 -1.43
TD18 (HAND) 24.97 20.82 18.23 6.73 2.59

9. Maintaining Values over time

A reliable reference point will be required to measure the outcomes of emission reduction measures in the global fleet on an ongoing basis. This may be a combination of efficiency improvements, alternatives fuels and operational enhancements. Members and ship operators will assist by providing regular feedback through a structured process which will capture relevant changes and advances as these measures are implemented more widely. This will ensure the ongoing accuracy of the route-based market reference points produced. Companies interested in participating in maintaining the relevance of the EEOI values are encouraged to contact - [email protected].


The production of indicative reference based on round voyage EEOI figures by the Baltic Exchange for the common commercial trade routes provides the maritime supply chain with an emissions indicator for market comparison and voyage optimisation. EEOI is a common global standard which will support shipping companies and cargo interests in their decision making processes on their journey to reduce emissions.

The Baltic has an established process for managing changes to benchmarks and for working with members to ensure that they are relevant to the underlying market and ensure that the references figures published back to the market remain reflective of changes in the operating profile of the global fleet over time.