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Danish Maritime Authority deploys ‘sniffer’ drone in Danish waters

15 Apr 2019

The Danish Maritime Authority on Friday (12 April) said it will be deploying a large drone to check on vessel emissions in Danish waters to make sure they comply with the sulphur limit in the coming months.

The drone is provided by the European Maritime Safety Agency, and is to be used as a means of preventing ship pollution.

The drone is fitted with a so-called "sniffer” capable of measuring sulphur emissions. Entering the ship's exhaust gas plume, the drone can register the amount of sulphur in the fuel. These data are immediately available to Danish authorities, who can follow up if a ship does not comply with the requirements.

The project will contribute to a more efficient enforcement of the sulphur rules, thereby ensuring fair competition for shipping companies and less pollution from ships.

In Denmark, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for enforcing the sulphur rules, and the Danish Maritime Authority supports this work through ship inspections in Danish ports and now also with drone monitoring.

The drone will operate in an area north of The Great Belt, where many large tankers pass when going to and from the Baltic Sea. It performed its first sulphur mission in the area on Thursday (11 April).

Related: Aeromon introduces aerial fuel sulphur content measurement tool

Photo credit: Danish Maritime Authority
Published: 15 April, 2019


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