(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) can be used as aerial platforms for gas sensors (“sniffers”) to make measurements of the amount of SOx in a plume being emitted by an individual ship. Based on the SOx measurement, the sulphur content of the ship’s fuel can be estimated and compared to legal limits. The RPAS also carry sensors to assist in the identification of the vessel. This operational information can be complementary to the emission monitoring activities of Member State authorities. There are currently a range of tools available with different operational advantages.
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) Service is aimed at measuring the amounts of SOx that are emitted by individual vessels travelling into or in the European Emission Control Areas (ECAs) and, in general, territorial seas, exclusive economic zones and pollution control zones of Member States (Sulphur Directive: Article 6).
The combination of real time on-site data from an RPAS, complemented by the maritime information available through the Agency and the availability of Member State Sulphur inspectors can be a cost effective solution for emission monitoring as well as deterrence.
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