Danish shipping authorities have adopted a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS), which uses drones to detect emissions levels from ships.
The maritime emissions drone system, developed by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), is to be deployed along the Great Belt region where large tankers travel to and from the Baltic Sea. UAS Skeldar V-200 drones equipped with sulphur gas sensors, or “sniffers”, capable of detecting the sulphur emissions of individual vessels, will fly into ships’ exhaust plumes and transmit the resulting emissions data directly to the relevant authorities in Denmark. Where ships are found to have breached the EU’s maritime emissions regulations, the offence will be reported in THETIS-EU, EMSA’s port control information system.
The implementation of RPAS monitoring is expected to boost enforcement of the EU Sulphur Directive, which limits passenger vessels to fuels with a
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