Emissions monitoring technology passes tanker test

Jan 04 2019

Nordic Tankers, Dania Ship Management and Danfoss IXA recently joined forces to test monitoring emissions technology.

The result was claimed to be a solution that could help ensure global enforcement of the IMO’s sulfur emissions requirements ahead any legislation becoming mandatory.

The sensor technology was installed on the chemical tanker ‘Nordic Mari’ in 2015. The ship is owned by Nordic Tankers and managed by Dania Ship Management  and shuttles between Europe and the US.

“The sensor equipment from Danfoss IXA is an innovative piece of technology that enables ship owners to continuously prove compliance with the IMO’s requirements for sulphur emissions. At Nordic Tankers, together with our partners, we aim to be front-runners in supporting the development of our industry world-wide, why the cooperation with Danfoss IXA on testing the new solution is an interesting project for us,” said Per Sylvester Jensen, Nordic Tankers CEO.

“The equipment is well designed and was delivered to the ‘Nordic Mari’ as a complete product. In the beginning of the test period, the durability of the sensor was challenged by the very toxic and harsh environment in which it was placed, but these problems have been solved by Danfoss IXA,” said Carsten Brix Ostenfeldt, Dania Ship Management CEO.

“The technology makes it possible to document how much your ships are emitting worldwide, and the data is sent directly to you ashore. This means we can prove compliance at any time and once the development picks up speed, we will be ready and one step ahead of the rest of the industry.

“Our next target is to compare the readings on board ‘Nordic Mari’ with other external readings, for example the sensor fitted on the Great Belt Bridge in Denmark. The sensor on the bridge is first and foremost fitted to ensure compliance with Danish and global legislation, but over time such technology will also ensure a level playing field, which we support as a principle for doing business today,” he explained.

Besides monitoring emissions on an ongoing basis and proving compliance, the sensor technology has also enabled Dania Ship Management to track how the engines are performing by analysing the data received from the vessel.

“As a general rule, change in the shipping industry is driven by legislation. But if the sensor technology is following the development of electronically controlled engines, you will be able to continuously optimize combustion and cut fuel costs. This could be a future incentive for change as well,” Brix Ostenfeldt said.

Danfoss claimed that the emission equipment is installed on many newbuildings and it can be retrofitted to the existing IMO-fleet in 24 hours.


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