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.