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Thursday, December 20, 2018 

Nordic Tankers, Dania Ship Management and Danfoss IXA have developed a new technology for monitoring ship emissions as a potential “front runner solution” for helping shipowners comply with the emissions abatement legislation.

The sensor technology has been proven in trials aboard the chemical tanker Nordic Mari, owned by Nordic Tankers and managed by Dania Ship Management.

“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,” said Per Sylvester Jensen, CEO, Nordic Tankers.

“Together with our partners, we aim to be front-runners in supporting the development of our industry worldwide, why the cooperation with Danfoss IXA on testing the new solution is an interesting project for us.”

Carsten Brix Ostenfeldt, CEO, Dania Ship Management, added: “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.”

 The technology makes it possible to document the amount of emissions ships are emitting worldwide. The data is then sent directly to shore-based teams for analysis.

“Our next target is to compare the readings onboard 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,” said Ostenfeldt.

Besides monitoring emissions on an ongoing basis and proving compliance, the sensor technology also has enabled Dania Ship Management to track how the engines are performing by reading out the data 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,” saidOstenfeldt.

The sensors from Danfoss IXA system measure the emissions of SOx, NOx and NH3 while a cloud-solution makes data accessible to both ship owners and authorities.


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