Automated Systems Simplify Regulatory Compliance

MarineLink.com
Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Shipping industry turns to automated systems that minimize the time, money and people required to keep in compliance with myriad of environmental regulations

Tough new air pollution regulations for the maritime industry are making it difficult for the shipping industry to comply. The International Maritime Organization (IMO), the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB), to name a fe.w, have introduced new regulations to regulate air pollution. Steep fines and delays face maritime operators that do not comply with engine emissions monitoring and reporting.

This is a challenge for shipping companies on several levels. First, despite being similar in some respects, the regulations often have different requirements, operating parameters and deadlines. Second, until recently the continuous, onboard emissions testing equipment and services required to monitor emissions have not existed. Third, meeting the needs of all these environmental organizations and submitting the necessary documentation is an administrative nightmare.

In an attempt to keep up, many shipping companies post a dedicated environmental specialist to oversee the labyrinth of regulations, changes and updates regularly announced. These experts then make recommendations on retrofits, upgrades and pollution control products that will keep their vessels in compliance. The goal ultimately is to meet the requirements by making the best purchasing decisions while minimizing the amount of personnel required.

“Shipowners have so many other issues to worry about that when it comes to environmental regulations what they want is a solution that will keep them in compliance with minimal difficulty, manpower and headaches,” said Mark Adair, Technical Director at GreenLink Systems, a company that produces high-tech emission monitoring and control products for heavy duty diesel engines.

Although this would seem rather straightforward, until recently the onboard, continuous monitoring devices and other testing equipment required to monitor NOx emissions accurately and with repeatability have not been commercially available.

Furthermore, the continuous information generated by monitoring units must be stored in local servers accessible at any time on board or from shore, with all of it organized to ensure that the proper documentation for each regulatory agency is immediately available upon request.

“There is quite a bit of bookkeeping involved to meet the requirements of all these regulations,” said Adair. “It involves monitoring data that has to be collected, stored and presented. And if a shipping company gets in to the extreme case of litigation or fines, they would have the proper documentation and have a better chance of ultimately being found to have been in compliance.”

Fortunately, as with previous emissions reductions efforts in industries such as automotive, trucking and waste handling, such regulations drive the market to respond with the necessary products and services to meet the challenge.

GreenLink Systems, for example, is currently offering onboard NOx Emission Monitoring Units (NEMUs) designed to meet all the requirements of the IMO NOx Technical Code for all on board maritime engines, including auxiliary engines.

The compact NEMU is installed directly on the engine and exhaust system utilizing sophisticated sensors that measure to within .5 parts per million of NOx. It remains on the engine to measure, record and transmit data 24/7, with new updates uploaded every few seconds.

Information from these units is relayed wirelessly via built-in 4G wireless modems to a secure, online database accessible over the Internet from any location. Automatic alerts by SMS text message and/or e-mail immediately inform designated personnel of out of compliance issues.

GreenLink Systems has set up its web interface to indicate each regulation along with a visual representation of a gauge panel. For ease, a green light signifies “in compliance” and a red indicates “out of compliance.” Listing each regulation is required because many have unique emissions parameters and a red light could leave personnel to figure out which is out of compliance.

“With an automatic alert system you don’t need a person to monitor a computer or gauges throughout the day,” said Adair. “They would get a text message or e-mail and then log in to the web site to find out what is out of compliance. By clicking on the item, they can dial in to the test data folder and find out the date, time and section of the event and what channel – temperature, pressure, emissions level – is not compliant so they can quickly address it.”

According to Adair, such equipment will also play a key role in identifying emerging emission control technologies that can be retrofitted on ships. The NEMU is the only product on the market that includes NOx sensors both upstream and downstream from a catalyst. This provides for more accurate reporting when an emissions control device is employed and allows ship owners to separate emission control products that work as advertised from those that don’t.
 

Maritime Reporter March 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Environmental

France's Oldest Nuclear Plant Shut Down After Incident

France's oldest nuclear power plant, Fessenheim, was shut down on Saturday following an incident at the facility away from the reactor which did not pose any danger, operator EDF said.

RS at SEA JAPAN 2014

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) was the only Russian company to take part in SEA JAPAN 2014 exhibition and conference – one of the major exhibitions of the maritime industry.

Years After BP U.S.Oil Spill: Compensation Battle Rages

Four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil is still washing up on the long sandy beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and some islanders are fed up with hearing from BP that the crisis is over.

Marine Power

Coast Guard tactical air squadron holds change of command ceremony

Capt. Kevin P. Gavin relieved Capt. Donna L. Cottrell as commanding officer of Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron Jacksonville during a change of command ceremony at HITRON Friday.

RS at SEA JAPAN 2014

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) was the only Russian company to take part in SEA JAPAN 2014 exhibition and conference – one of the major exhibitions of the maritime industry.

Havyard to Build Hybrid Battery Arctic PSV

Norway's Havyard says it has signed a contract for the construction of a Havyard 833 WE ICE platform supply vessel with Fafnir Offshore HF. The vessel is to be

News

Captain of Korean Ferry Praised Safety in Promotional Video

The captain of a ferry that sank off South Korea's southwestern tip with hundreds feared dead said in a promotional video four years ago that the journey was

Terex Corporation Announces Q1 2014 Financial Results

Terex Corporation (NYSE:TEX) will release its first quarter 2014 financial results on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 after market close. The Company will host a one-hour

Deadly Attack In Ukraine Shakes Fragile Geneva Accord

At least three people were killed in a gunfight in the early hours of Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking an already

Marine Equipment

Terex Corporation Announces Q1 2014 Financial Results

Terex Corporation (NYSE:TEX) will release its first quarter 2014 financial results on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 after market close. The Company will host a one-hour

Transas to Participate in ETC-2014

Transas will take part in the ETC-2014 – The second International Forum on Seafarers’ Education, Training and Crewing. The Forum which consists of the Conference

World Petroleum Congress to be held in Moscow

Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Arkady Dvorkovich, has confirmed that the 21st World Petroleum Congress will be held in Moscow from 15 – 19 June 2014.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Navigation Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1294 sec (8 req/sec)