Posted on April 18, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) will be deploying a series of drones in the coming months, in order to make sure vessels transiting through Danish waters comply with the new sulphur cap.
These new sulphur-sniffing drones will be made to patrol an area of the Danish Straits known as the Great Belt. It is a major maritime traffic lane that connects the Baltic Sea to the Atlantic Ocean.
The drones will be provided by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and are fitted with a device capable of measuring sulphur emissions.
By entering the ship’s exhaust gas plume, the drone can identify the exact amount of sulphur percentage in the fuel. The readings will then be immediately sent to the DMA, who will be able to investigate the vessel in question if it happens to not comply with new regulations coming in 2020.
The DMA is responsible for carrying out ship inspections in Danish ports and will now be also responsible for monitoring the sea lanes via drones, but it is the Danish Environmental Protection Agency that is actually tasked with enforcing the environmental regulations in Denmark.
According to DMA, the drone performed its first sulphur measuring mission in the region on April the 11th and will slowly see increased deployment in the months to come.