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Everyone wants to be a zwavelsnuiver

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From Canada to China, they want to know everything about the zwavelsnuivende aircraft of the Belgian coast guard. That means, during the so-called sniffervluchten the emissions of ships in the holes. The plane is unique, but that can change quickly. Certainly if, as of 2020, the international standard for sulphur emissions at sea drops to 0.5 percent.

After a single dive by the explosion of a ship knows the kustwachtvliegtuig often enough. The sensor on board will measure in a fraction of a second, the concentration of sulfur, and as that above the …

After a single dive by the explosion of a ship knows the kustwachtvliegtuig often enough. The sensor on board will measure in a fraction of a second, the concentration of sulfur, and as above the 0.1 percent, the standard in the North sea, the inspection on shore warned. Previously conducted random checks in the port. “But this is much more efficient,” says Kobe Scheldeman of the Royal Belgian Institute for Natuurwetenschapen (RBINS), the owner of the aircraft.

Last year flew the plane through a thousand plumes of smoke and caught the 73 ships. According Scheldeman punch about 10 percent of the ships too much sulfur. That are no old rust buckets that the urgent need for a filter have to replace, but captains deliberately with zwavelrijke fuel to sail. In the North sea – a low emission zone for sulphur emissions – the more expensive low sulphur variant required.

Looking for whales and dolphins

The INSTITUTE is in line with the sniffer polluters on since 2016. Except to sulfur in front of the plane to oil spills and striking passers-by such as harbour porpoises and bottlenose dolphins. At the request of the Netherlands, the also by our neighbors sniffervluchten and with France and Great Britain, is currently being discussed how the further in the coming years. Also they want according to Scheldeman planes bets. “Or they are going to have their own coast guard agrees, resting, or we are going to more flights.’

The coasts of North America and around the Chinese ports like the North sea low-zones. They use no plane, but slower helicopters or sensors that are on the land. That detect or sulphur, but are not useful for the offender to detect. Scheldeman is not surprised that the RBINS staff from Canada to China about the Belgian plane to go speak.

Belgium is a pioneer

As is the norm in international waters in 2020 drops from 3.5 to 0.5 percent, Belgium would be ahead of the times can redeem. The use of the sensor and find out the plume of smoke requires expertise. But innovation does not stand still. In Europe experiments with snifferdrones. ‘But for the time being, we are still the only operational coast guard is equipped with such a sensor.’

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