Fuel monitoring system could cut emissions
Danish shipowner J. Lauritzen announced in December that they have successfully tested a fuel analysis system onboard two bulk carriers for the past few years.
The Lab-on-a-Ship (LOAS) system, produced by the Danish company Nano-Nord, analyses the fuel during bunkering to the ship, and provides real-time analysis of the cleansed/treated fuel when it is pumped from the day tank. In addition it can offer online measurements of exhaust gas emissions of NOx and SOx.
The system is said to offer huge potential to ensure vessels are compliant with relevant sulphur limits, and to optimise ship operations, thereby reducing both their environmental impact and operating costs.
Sources: Sustainable Shipping News, 3 December 2009, and www.greenship.org