Emissions monitoring sensor system gets LR approval

SeaARCTOS’ real-time emissions monitoring technology, which monitors carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and sulphur dioxide (SO2) exhaust levels with a dedicated sensor attached to a vessel’s exhaust stack, has been granted Type Approval in principle by Lloyd’s Register (LR).

The ARCTOS-1 system’s data analysis can be used to monitor vessel emissions remotely and can provide confirmation that a vessel has successfully switched fuels and lowered SO2 emissions prior to entering Sulphur Emission Control Areas (SECA).

SeaARCTOS says it has completed over 20,000 hours of real-world testing of the unit, gathering data from fleets including those of Interlink Maritime and Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement. The technology operates without reliance on the vessel’s power and satellite communications systems, instead generating its own electrical power from exhaust heat recovery.

Co-ordination with a vessel’s flag state means that inspecting agencies can receive time-stamped and geo-tagged data that demonstrates when and where fuel switching took place.

“Accurate verifiable emissions monitoring and data reporting remains a huge challenge for the shipping industry,” said Michael Kougellis, CEO, SeaARCTOS.

“ARCTOS-1 is the only solution that can reliably collect and transit emissions data to the stakeholders that need it, enabling owners to increase transparency, demonstrate compliance and improve efficiency of vessel inspections.”

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