Danish Maritime Authority: Strengthened sulphur enforcement through digitalisation

Sarah Carter

Sarah Carter · 10 May 2018


Digital solutions for collecting and sharing data on Sulphur emissions from ships is likely the key to better enforcement om international Sulphur limits. This was recently demonstrated in the EfficienSea2 project led by the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA).

You have likely heard of the ”black box” on airplanes. Danish company Litehauz, working under the aegis of EfficienSea2, has recently developed a similar solution for ships. However, this “black box” transmits Sulphur emissions data to the ships’ owner as well as relevant authorities on land.

This technology was r§ecently demonstrated in the Baltic Sea with the aim of making Sulphur emissions monitoring far more efficient than it is today. Current efforts in most countries are based on physical inspection and fuel sampling which could be streamlined for a tighter enforcement “net”.

The DMA is committed to harvesting the benefits of digitalisation – not least with the aim of making enforcement far more effective across the world. For this project, the next step is joining forces with other authorities and industry to determine how best to apply this new technology in the real world.

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