Sulfur sniffing drone starts patrolling Danish waters; U.S. Gulf leads in offshore lay ups

April 12th 2019
April 12, 2019 — A large drone has started to check emissions from ships in Danish waters to make sure they comply with the sulfur limit. The drone is being provided by the European Maritime Safety Agency and is fitted with a so-called “sniffer” capable of measuring sulfur emissions. Entering the ship’s exhaust gas plume, the drone can register the amount of sulfur in the fuel. The readings are immediately available to Danish authorities, who can follow up if a ship does not comply with the requirements.

U.S. Gulf leads in offshore lay ups

The U.S.Gulf continues to be the offshore market with the highest number of assets in lay up, according to, which today published the first of what will be quarterly offshore lay ups infographics.

Avenir LNG switches from one Nantong shipyard to another

Avenir LNG Ltd has signed contracts with Nantong CIMC Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering Co. Ltd. (SOE) for the construction of two 7,500 cbm LNG carriers, at its Nantong, China shipyard, with options to build two more.

Navy issues letters of censure to two USS Fitzgerald officers

The Navy has dropped courts martial proceedings against the former commanding officer of the USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) Cmdr. Bryce Benson and former crew member Lt. Natalie Combs. However, at the recommendation of Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer has issued a Secretarial Letter of Censure to each of them.
Study confirms that LNG as a marine fuel yields big GHG reductions

According to a just-released independent study, reductions in ship emissions of GHG of up to 21% can be achieved using LNG as a marine fuel, compared with conventional oil-based fuels over the entire life-cycle from Well-to-Wake (WtW). 
Furuno adds 12 kW river radar to its line up

Furuno is introducing the second in the series of new generation river radios that it launched last year with the release of the FR1908VBB, a 4 kW Black Box Radar with a portrait display (vertical screen orientation) that allows mariners to see more detail ahead of the vessel.

Global offshore wind regulators meet in NYC

In another indication that the U.S.offshore wind industry is off the starting blocks, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) yesterday hosted the first meeting of the Global Offshore Wind Regulators Forum in New York City.