Soon a surveillance project of Sulphur Emission Detection will be airborne in Danish waters.

The project is one of the first of its kind and uses remote sensors to make the detection. They will be placed both at fixed positions and airborne. The sniffers as they are nicknamed, are meant to “(…)act as “speed cameras” and have a deterrent effect”, says Dorthe Kubel, Chief advisor in the Danish Ministry of the Environment.  

The sniffers will become an important compliance tool as the Danish coast guard does not have the capacity to go after ships. Seeing as the majority of passing ships do not not enter a Danish Port, the sniffers will enable detection and the data will be entered into THETIS-S database, the European maritime safety agency (EMSA) to support the port state control inspections.

The sniffers are said to be able distinguish between non compliance and compliance, though the cut-off point for being reported has yet to be set. The sniffers are developed at Chalmers University in Sweden.  

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