The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA), which has spent summer sulphur testing using a drone, is ready to expand its aerial fleet to three drones, it said while awarding a contract close to NOK 14 million (USD $1.71 million) to Norse Asset Solutions for the development.
“The NMA will now purchase three new sulphur sensors through the official cooperation with the Coast Guard, the Norwegian Coastal Administration and the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority,” it notes.
“The equipment will be used in the work to uncover illegal emissions, improve oil pollution control and help during rescue work. The Norwegian Coastal Administration has had an open tender on this equipment, and has decided to purchase new drones for surveillance and stand-by.”
The so-called multicoptres with four propellers can be equipped with different types of sensors depending on the mission.
So far this year, NMA has carried out 205 inspections to check sulphur content in emissions from ships. Five violations were uncovered, and shipping companies have received penalties of between NOK 250.000 and 600.000.
“Sulphur emission control of exhaust will now be expanded to a larger geographical area than today, and the control will become more effective,” notes Thomas Angell Bergh, Head of Section for Inspection, Audit and Emergency Preparedness.
Photo credit: Norwegian Maritime Authority
Published: 15 October, 2018
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