EU renews drone use to detect violations of ship emissions
The European Union’s main agency for maritime activity is once again deploying drones in partnership with member nations in a common effort to detect and pursue large shipping companies violating tightened limits on sulfur emissions, which are major contributors to global warming.
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) announced it will be teaming up with Germany’s Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency in the upcoming large-scale deployment of drones in the Baltic Sea. The UAVs will collect and analyze the emissions content of passing ships, and relay measurements that exceed sulfur thresholds in real time to port authorities.
The three-month use of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) to monitor compliance by large sea vessels is slated to begin toward the end of April, and follows earlier campaigns in the Strait of Gibraltar, spots along the Atlantic coast, and Baltic waters off Lithuania.
The EMSA said the resumed emissions monitoring…