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Emissions 'black box' project shows digitalisation is 'likely key' to sulphur cap enforcement: DMA

Technology recently tested in the Baltic Sea with the aim of improving sulphur emissions monitoring.



The DMA-led EfficienSea2 project developed a solution said to be similar to the 'black box' on airplanes, but which transmits sulphur emissions data to a ship's owner as well as relevant authorities on land. Image credit: Maritime Development Center (MDC)


Updated on 09 May 2018 10:58 GMT

Digital solutions for collecting and sharing data on sulphur emissions from ships is "likely the key" to the better enforcement of international sulphur limits, according the Danish Maritime Authority, which points to the recently completed EfficienSea2 project to back up its theory.

Danish company Litehauz, working under the aegis of the DMA-led EfficienSea2, recently developed a solution that is described as being similar to the 'black box' on airplanes, but which transmits sulphur emissions data to a ship's owner as well as relevant authorities on land.

This technology was recently tested in the Baltic Sea with the aim of making sulphur emissions monitoring more efficient than it is today. Current efforts in most countries are based on physical inspection and fuel sampling.

"The DMA is committed to harvesting the benefits of digitalisation - not least with the aim of making enforcement far more effective across the world," the maritime authority said.

"For this project, the next step is joining forces with other authorities and industry to determine how best to apply this new technology in the real world," the DMA added.

EfficienSea2 is an EU-funded project working for the roll-out of e-navigation for shipping which ran for 36 months between May 1, 2015, and April 30, 2018, and has been led by the DMA with 32 dedicated partners from 12 countries in the Baltic Sea Region and beyond.

By providing a framework for secure and easy connectivity through the Maritime Connectivity Platform (MCP), EfficienSea2 has aimed to create harmonised solutions and services that will heighten safety and efficiency at sea.

The project's budget amounted to EUR 11.5 million, of which EUR 9.8m was granted by the EU's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.






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