Sulfur monitoring initiative to include drone project

Drone monitoring of sulfur emissions in the SECA zone will now be tested in a collaboration between the Netherlands and Denmark, according to a new initiative which also includes possible funding from the European Investment Bank for new technology on board vessels.

The Danish Maritime Authority has in cooperation with the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed a new plan of action for enforcing the regulations concerning ships' sulfur emissions in the so-called SECA zone (Sulfur Emission Control Area). The plan is based on the experiences the two authorities have gathered after the first full year of increased sulfur requirements in the region, according to the Danish Maritime Authority.

The plan is divided into four sections under the headlines International cooperation, New technology, Data sharing and Targeting of control, policies, procedures and sanctioning in Denmark, which - going forward - will upscale its efforts to secure cheaper SECA monitoring measures.

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