Drones used to monitor ship exhaust

Writer: Zhang Yu  |  Editor: 张阐文  |  From: Shenzhen Daily  |  Updated: 2022-06-06

Shenzhen has completed preliminary construction of the country’s first integrated air-land-water ship exhaust monitoring system using remote sensing technologies such as infrared and ultraviolet imaging and drones, Shenzhen Special Zone Daily reported yesterday.

To monitor ship exhaust, maritime law enforcers will operate a drone to fly over a ship’s funnel to sample and automatically detect its emissions, according to Shenzhen Maritime Safety Administration.

Then, the detection data will be returned to the land-based command center in real time through the independently developed ship emission control detection and supervision information platform. If any abnormality is detected and confirmed, the administration can send law enforcement vessels to the relevant sea areas for on-site sampling and inspection.

The city began to explore building a new mode of ship air pollution control in 2019, according to the Daily report.

In the same year, the national maritime safety administration allowed Shenzhen Maritime Safety Administration to pilot establishing Dapeng Bay ship air pollutant emission control monitoring and supervision test zone, which was the first of its kind in China.