• 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 November 17

18:06 Swiber's subsidiary placed into bankruptcy by the District Court of Helsinki
17:55 Pacific Fleet warships arrive in Chuk Samet port, Thailand
17:36 Damen supports team AkzoNobel in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18
17:20 Sevmash floated out nuclear-powered missile submarine Knyaz Vladimir (photo)
17:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Europe
16:45 Yantar Shipyard launches first trawler of Project SK-3101R for Kamchatka fishing company (photo)
16:26 DNV GL: Standardisation can help enable the digital transformation of shipping
16:00 Maersk Line appoints new president in North America
15:58 Onezhsky shipyard lays down Yury Maslyukov dredger of Damen TSHD 2000 design (photo)
15:26 IMO runs cooperation for oil spill preparedness in west, central and southern Africa
15:00 Special tactical exercises held at CPC Marine Terminal Tank Farm facilities
14:37 Water Transport newspaper will celebrate its centenary in 2018
14:02 NCC conducts yet another groundbreaking ceremony at the Port of Gothenburg Logistics Park
13:45 MSCC Bronka set to increase its heavy cargo transshipment capacity
13:32 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Naias with Phaethon
13:14 Vostochny Port extends its collective labor contract for three years
13:02 Acta Marine's walk-to-work construction support vessel in final construction phase
12:30 Scottish Ports Group call for right infrastructure and planning conditions
12:01 Aker Solutions to provide umbilicals for three offshore Norway field developments
11:53 MOL's newbuilding coal carrier NAGARA MARU to serve JERA Trading
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10:53 Icebreaker Moskva set sail for seaport Sabetta (photo)
10:30 Brent Crude futures price down 0.29% to $61.18, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.24% to $55.27
10:08 ABS raises cyber awareness to marine insurance industry
09:45 Bunker prices go down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:21 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,361 points
09:08 ESPO welcomes the agreement between Parliament and Council setting a deadline for global solution on CO2 from shipping
08:29 Port of Long Beach receives U.S. EPA Grant to cut pollution
08:12 Damen’s repair yards update ISO and OHSAS certification

2017 November 16

18:35 APL receives the ‘Best Green Shipping Line’ award from HAROPA
18:05 Shearwater GeoServices awarded ONGC survey
17:35 ITF: ‘new era for fishers begins’
17:23 Expert says geopolitical risks may push bunker prices slightly up
17:05 JAXPORT expands vehicle-handling capacity
16:51 Severnaya Verf will build six processing trawlers for Norebo Holding (photo)
16:35 Hapag-Lloyd implements GRI for Trans-Pacific Trade Eastbound from East Asia to USA and Canada
16:05 OOCL introduces the China Pakistan Express Intra-Asia service
15:37 Oldendorff Carriers in alliance with Welhunt starts transhipment operation in Vietnam
15:30 APM Terminals Poti adds two Azimuth Stern-Drive tugboats
15:05 Teekay LNG Partners establishes Teekay Multigas Pool
14:58 Norwegian Cruise Line orders PrimeServ upgrades for multiple vessels
14:17 Baltic transport ministers meet in Vilnius to discuss the common objectives of the Baltic States
13:49 Murmansk Sea Fishing Port handled 290,100 t in 10M’17, up 13.7% to (photo)
13:25 Sergey Kireev appointed as interim General Director of PJSC NCSP
13:00 Last Early Bird rate for Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference 2018 expires 30th November 2017
12:38 “K” Line Group introduces new Total Auto-Logistics Business in Chile
12:12 Wärtsilä receives an order from Lunar Fishing Company to supply new trawler
11:59 Damen SAR vessel passes capsize test with engines running
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11:33 First Borey-A nuclear underwater missile carrier to be floated out in Severodvinsk, November 17
11:11 FESCO to deliver production equipment to Great Wall Motors plant being built in the Tula region
10:50 Vostochny Port has shipped 400 mln t of coal from the date of its foundation (photo)
10:04 Brent Crude futures price up 0.18% to $61.98, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.05% to $55.36
09:42 IMO is holding a seminar focused on free-flowing maritime traffic in Montenegro
09:19 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,374 points

2017 November 15

18:00 RF Transport Ministry supports “Hydraulic Engineering Structures of Water Transport” Congress
17:35 EU experts performed comprehensive assessesment of Klaipeda Seaport security
17:12 Navigation season closed at inland water ways of the Amur Basin (photo)
16:46 Port of Klaipeda development to be coordinated by Governmental Commission
16:20 Port of Tallinn shortlisted for Green Port / Terminal Award