France tests sulfur sniffer drones to fight emissions


France is testing sulfur sniffer drones to ensure that ships passing through specific control areas in European waters do not emit too much sulfur into the atmosphere. The company has joined forces with the NORCE AS Research Institute to assist the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and the French maritime authorities.The sulfur sniffer drone will monitor sulfur emissions in one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes in the Strait of Pas-de-Calais. The drone began operations on September 23 and is expected to complete the test within three months.

The drone is being used as a new advanced way to measure the ship’s sulfur levels in fuel in accordance with the IMO 2020 sulfur regulations. This means that ships whose fuel contains more than 0.1% sulfur will need to submit to an inspection at the next port.

The CEO of Knut Roar Wiig at Nordic Unmanned said:

“We are very focused on supporting environmental authorities in applying SO2 regulations to reduce marine air pollution. Being able to do this on the world’s busiest shipping lane is very important and satisfying to us. We continue to be the pioneer of the unmanned aviation industry, and France is the 4th country in Europe where we are granted permits to fly an unmanned aircraft with a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of over 150 kg beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) in different classes of civil airspace. Our industry is still in its exciting beginnings, and the potential for using unmanned technology today and in the future is enormous.

Bruno Boucher, Vice President of Government Affairs at Nordic Unmanned followed with:

“Beyond the complex challenges of technical integration, meeting all regulatory requirements and building an agile operational team capable of delivering missions safely day after day in a multinational environment is what sets Nordic Unmanned apart in a market. rapidly growing.

Schiebel CAMCOPTER S-100

The CAMCOPTER S-100 is a fully autonomous drone from the Austrian drone manufacturer Schiebel. The drone is currently in use by 19 countries for military and non-military purposes. Malta uses the drone for its Migrant Aid Station at Sea, while the UK uses it for the HM Coast Guard.

The S-100 has a maximum flight speed of 140 miles per hour with a cruise speed of 120 miles per hour. It has a range of 110 miles and is powered by an Austro Engine AE50R Wankel engine producing 55 horsepower and can be fitted with a heavy fuel engine manufactured by Schiebel.

Photo: Nordic unmanned

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