The Snifferdron, a drone with a so-called ‘sniffer box’ mounted for measuring the sulphur emissions of ships, will undergo a trial tests over Danish waters for a period a three months, according to the Danish Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs.
“The Snifferdron is a good example of how new technology can help the authorities. It seems like a good and efficient way to combat air pollution,” says Business Minister Rasmus Jarlov.
The drone will be able to tell the amount of sulphur used in a vessel’s bunker fuel by flying into the flue gas from the ship's exhaust.
The data is immediately available on land and authorities will be able to follow up if a ship does not comply with the sulphur content of the fuel. The technology is developed in Denmark.
“Since 2015, when the stricter sulphur rules came into force, we have halved the content of sulphur in the air over Denmark for the benefit of both the environment and health,” notes Environment and Food Minister Jakob Ellemann-Jensen.
“Now we have a new tool for monitoring whether ships emit too much sulphur, which is important for competition for the many law-abiding Danish shipping companies.”
Photo credit: Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs
Published: 30 April, 2019
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