Global monitoring system for ship emissions underway

A new emissions monitoring system will allow vessels worldwide to continuously monitor pollutants and readily report findings to regulatory agencies and inspectors.

The Continuous Emissions Monitoring System (CEMS) is said to be able to continuously monitor, analyze, and record emissions from all of a ship’s smokestacks. It analyzes and records nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur oxides (SOx), carbon dioxide (CO2), and particulate matter (PM). An interface with the Global Positioning System (GPS) provides real-time vessel location data from a single system, which can support the control of regulatory requirements in Emission Control Areas (ECAs).

The patent-pending system has been developed by the US-based information technology and engineering firm WR Systems Ltd, and product release is scheduled for spring 2010.


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