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Students must solve the sulfur challenge

Students must solve the sulfur challenge

05-10-2016 08:00:00

DTU, Boeing Group, the Danish Maritime Authority and the Environmental Protection Agency have joined forces to address the global challenge of sulfur enforcement. With support from the Danish Maritime Fund there will be held a student competition at DTU in the spring of 2017.

"It's a challenge to find out which type of fuel has to be used by ships on the high seas. Nevertheless, this is what maritime and environmental authorities throughout the world have to find out when introducing a new, stricter global limit for ships' sulfur emissions. To meet this challenge, we are very pleased to have partnered with major international companies and DTU in order to discover new and better enforcement methods," says Peter Krog-Meyer, chief consultant at the Danish Maritime Authority.

The goal of the student competition is to find effective enforcement solutions that authorities can use on the high seas when the next global IMO sulfur regulations come into force. Each partner in the cooperation represent different types of expertise, which - when combined - can help the participating students on their way toward inventing effective methods for applying international sulfur regulations on the high seas.

The idea of a student competition was hatched by Boeing Group. Former student competitions in the United States have shown that the solutions the students came up with were surprisingly creative, innovative and useful. One of the business ideas, launched by student group in the last competition, was to use Boeing's patents to filter out the dangerous particles from coal-fired power plants emissions from while being extracted greenhouse gases for use in production.

Maersk also contributes to the project with its massive expertise in shipping. Together with other like-minded companies in Trident Alliance Maersk is already actively working to ensure fair competition when sulfur rules go into force on the high seas.

Aslak Ross, Head of Marine Standards in Maersk Line, says:

"Currently, there are no solutions to ensure that the rules are enforced on the high seas. There is a need for robust enforcement solutions to be in place before the global emission rules go into force. It is equally important for governments and the industry to achieve the purpose of the rules and to maintain a level playing field. Maersk is pleased to be part of this working group in its efforts to resolve this important global enforcement challenge. "

Source: Søfartsstyrelsen / Maritime Denmark

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