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Sulfur-sniffing drones could fly out of Hamburg by 2016

A new study is examining the possibility of using drones to monitor sulfur emissions from ships. Flying drones out of Hamburg may be a reality by the end of next year, an EMSA spokesperson tells Sustainable Shipping.

Drones may end up as a key tool to monitor sulfur emissions as restrictions increase over the next few years. The drones will take off from Hamburg and remain up in the air for four hours, flying 20 km out and back, according to an announcement from the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), says Sustainable Shipping.

"Member states are struggling to enforce sulfur requirements," says Leendert Bal, EMSA head of operations, to Dow Jones News Service.

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