Denmark deploys sniffer drone

Denmark continues to deploy smart technology to crack down on ships that fail to comply with environmental regulations. The Scandinavian nation already has so-called sniffer technology on the underside of bridges to check emissions of ships coming into its waters. In the coming months, a large drone will check emissions from ships in Danish waters to make sure they comply with the sulphur limit. The drone (pictured) has been provided by the European Maritime Safety Agency.

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. The data is immediately available to Danish authorities, who can follow up if a ship does not comply with requirements.

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.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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