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Support for drones in fight against sulphur fraud

Several carriers look set to support the use of unmanned drones to ensure compliance with the coming sulphur regulations. "But drones can’t be the only way to step up controls," says Unifeeder director.

The major carriers working to ensure proper and improved enforcement of the coming sulphur regulations - set to come into force in the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, and the English Channel on January 1 2015 - will most likely support the use of airborne drones to spot ships committing sulphur fraud, says Bloomberg, adding that the Danish Environmental Protection Agency has set aside USD 180,000 to fund drone tests.

According to Sustainable Shipping, Norwegian Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, which is behind the new environmental collaboration, the Trident Alliance, states that the alliance at a meeting later this June is expected to voice its support for the use of drones.

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