• 2017 July 13 17:27

    Danish EPA contracts Explicit to deploy new sniffer technology to monitor sulphur compliance at sea

    The Danish EPA has contracted Danish startup Explicit to monitor sulphur compliance from ships. The monitoring will be conducted from the air by sampling exhaust plumes from vessels in waters around Denmark, the Company said in a press release.

    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.

    "The manned helicopter is an extremely efficient tool for this purpose, both because of the speed with which it can cover large areas and many ships, but also because of its maneuverability in the plume. This is key. Our demonstrations have shown that the ability to navigate in the plume is absolutely critical to getting good airborne measurement results. You can achieve the same with rotary drones, but the manned helicopter currently has a much larger operational capacity,” says Jon Knudsen.

    Smart flight and cutting-edge sniffer technology
    Because plume navigation is so critical, Explicit has developed a patented method known as smart flight and special software tools for overcoming this challenge. The company has also developed a new “mini sniffer unit” which is part of what makes the new solution unique:

    "Our approach is very different from what has been attempted so far. Firstly, we only use rotary platforms (helicopters and drones) because of their ability to maneuver in the plume. Combined with our smart flight software we can guide the pilot on the real-time sensor feedback to optimize the
    2/2 position for sampling. This is important because plumes aren’t clearly visible. Not even on infrared or in case of high emitting ships, so you need navigational support. Thirdly, we have been able to miniaturize the sniffer unit itself to about 500 grams which makes it easy to carry. Last but not least, we have developed a set of advanced algorithms enabling us to calculate the sulphur content and NOX emissions to reliably determine compliance,” explains Jon Knudsen.

    Reliance and low uncertainties
    The performance and uncertainties of the new system have been validated independently by FORCE Technology, the Danish Government Reference Lab for Air Emissions.

    "We are very focused on quality and data integrity. If you can’t rely on the data and system uncertainties, the measurements aren’t worth much. All our sniffer units are calibrated and certified pre-deployment by FORCE Technology according to a recognized ISO standard and we have special quality control procedures in place to preserve data integrity. We also prefer to fly with a multiple sniffer unit setup where possible, to lower the uncertainty and build more supportive evidence,“ says Jon Knudsen.

    Drones in the pipeline
    While Explicit expects to primarily use a manned helicopter to monitor Danish waters, the company hopes to also deploy drones in the future:

    "Drones have the potential to play a role in emissions enforcement and we have already proven through our own trials that they can perform the task. The question is where to deploy them? Manned helicopters are still the most competitive and preferred option for long-range missions. But both multi-rotors and VTOLs may already be deployed efficiently in near-coastal areas, at harbour entries, rivers and deltas, as well as from inspection vessels,” says Jon Knudsen.

    Global perspective
    Today, Explicit is the only solution provider in the World that can deliver a compact mini sniffer system, fully validated, and the company is already feeling the global interest:

    "Right now there is a lot of attention on the enforcement of MARPOL Annex VI. We are increasingly being approached by authorities and other international partners interested in our technology and what it can do. That is of course very exciting for us, and hopefully something we get to explore more in the future,” concludes Jon Knudsen.

    The first steps towards international markets have already been taken. Last year, Explicit conducted a large-scale test campaign in Dutch waters together with the Dutch authorites (ILT). The campaign provided important insights into compliance at sea within the North European SECA.




2017 September 25

18:24 BV joins global industry alliance (GIA)
18:00 Patrol boat of Project 03160 built for RF Navy’s Baltic Fleet by Pella Shipyard completes sea part of state trials (photo)
17:37 Fincantieri delivers "Viking Sun" in Ancona
17:31 APM Terminals improves productivity, costs and flexibility with a win-win labor strategy
17:12 Intermodal terminal operations to be moved to Hisingen in December
16:47 FueLNG completes first commercial LNG bunkering in Singapore
16:32 General Dynamics secures $5bn U.S. Navy’s contract for ballistic-missile submarine
16:20 Murmansk Region Governor: energy infrastructure for MTH project to be completed by the end of 2019
15:41 Large ASW ship Vice-Admiral Kulakov provided security of Indian tanker’s passage through Gulf of Aden
15:13 Russian and Chinese military seamen practiced rescuing a ship in distress
14:50 Krylov Centre at the 13th International Exhibition & Conference RAO/CIS Offshore 2017
14:25 RF Navy’s ASW ships Onega and Naryan-Mar repelled simulated enemy’s air attack in the White Sea
14:01 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 12,711 in RF spot market
13:38 Zelenodolsk shipyard launches high-speed passenger ship of Project А145Е for UAE customer
13:04 Damen Shipyards Yichang launches first DT8000 SD, Damen Tanker 8000 Shallow Draft (photo)
12:32 Transocean announces retirement of six floaters
11:30 Fincantieri to build a next-generation ship for Cunard
11:03 The 28th meeting of the Tokyo MOU Port State Control Committee held in Vladivostok
11:00 ABS approves GMS self-elevating drilling unit design
10:29 Asia’s Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre up and running
10:27 Golden Ocean sells six Ultramax vessels
09:55 Cargo transportation by inland water ways of Russia down to 74.5 mln t in 8M’17
09:33 Brent Crude futures price down 0.21% to $56.3, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.28% to $50.52
09:16 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,502 points

2017 September 22

18:04 ESL Shipping's second LNG-fueled dry cargo vessel was named Haaga
17:47 Black Sea Fleet frigate Admiral Essen returned to Sevastopol
17:22 Port of Gdansk throughput up 4% to 25.5 mln t in Jan-Aug'17
16:58 Pella Shipyard (Leningrad Region) launched the harbor tugboat of Project 04690 (graphics)
16:35 Connecting Europe Conference takes place in Tallinn
16:00 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-Aug'17 grew by 15% to 9.02mln t
15:33 Wan Hai Lines awarded “Container Shipping Line of The Year India-Far East Trade Lane” for the sixth time in seven years
15:19 Throughput of port Vyborg up 16% to 935,600 t in 8M’17
14:55 Throughput of port Vysotsk up 4% to 11.74 mln t in Jan-Aug'17
14:33 Neptun shipyard in Rostock finishes first engine room module for AIDAnova
14:20 Mooring trials of nuclear-powered icebreaker Arktika scheduled for early 2018
14:02 Polarcus awarded broadband 3D project in Asia Pacific
13:43 USCG to present Amver Awards to Dutch ship owners at Europort 2017
13:32 MOL issues "Safety, Environmental and Social Report 2017"
13:17 Throughput of port Primorsk in 8M’17 down 7% Y-o-Y to 40.12 mln t
13:02 PhilaPort container throughput up to 54,185 TEUs in August 2017
12:55 Baltiysky Zavod launches Sibir, first serial nuclear-powered icebreaker of Project 22220 (photo)
12:42 Meyer Werft to build cruise ship for Saga Cruises
12:01 Singapore will host 18th Ballast Water Management Conference on 7-8 February 2018
11:40 Throughput of port Ust-Luga up 12% to 67.54 mln t in 8M’17
10:28 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 11% to 35.26 mln t in 8M’17
10:09 Damen displays leading position in global OPV market
09:54 Brent Crude futures price up 0.16% to $56.52, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.28% to $50.69
09:35 Bunker prices are flat at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:17 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,470 points

2017 September 21

18:01 Nuclear missile cruisers of RF Navy's Northern Fleet conducted bilateral exercise with firing
17:38 CPC has accepted three million tons of crude oil from the Russian fields on the Caspian shelf
17:10 FESCO delivered hydraulic equipment weighing over 500 tons to the Krasnoyarsk power plant
16:43 Ukraine’s water transport carried 0.4 mln passengers in Jan-Aug'17, up 40.2%, Y-o-Y
16:19 Vympel Shipyard dispatched two fast patrol boats of Project 12150, Mangust, to Sakhalin (photo)
16:02 Rolls-Royce and Inmarsat sign ship energy management agreement
15:26 MABUX: Global bunker market turns in the rebalancing direction
15:24 Cargo transportation by Ukraine’s water transport down 11.4% to 3.6 mln t in 8M’17
15:02 Wärtsilä marine gear boxes to be produced by Siemens
14:41 Black Fleet frigate Admiral Essen returns to Sevastopol from Mediterranean
14:02 Finnlines to lengthen four of its "Breeze series" vessels