Danish EPA to deploy drone to monitor pollution
The monitoring will be conducted from the air by sampling exhaust plumes from vessels in waters around Denmark.
The operation will deploy a unique new sniffer technology developed by Explicit for easy-mount on helicopters – and eventually also drones.
The objective is to detect and deter violations of the 0.10% ECA restriction on sulphur in the bunker fuel.
Deploying a new, miniaturized measurement system, Danish entrepreneur Explicit has been contracted by the Danish EPA to perform airborne surveillance of the sulphur restrictions in Danish waters starting from July 2017.
The new Mini Sniffer System is capable of measuring both sulphur and NOX emissions from vessels to determine their compliance, and is small enough to be carried on a drone without compromising quality or reliability.
Initial however, the technology will be deployed on a manned helicopter, but with the prospect of phasing in drones as a supplement in the future. ■