Green Sea Guard | Emissions

The issues around Ship Emissions

Did you know that 95% of our visible trade in the UK comes to us by sea? If we put shipping emissions on the list of the world’s biggest polluters by country, shipping would be positioned as the sixth largest.
Coastguards currently enforce UN regulations by manual inspection of fuel tanks and by inspecting paper fuel receipts. These methods are time-consuming, impacting ship profitability. The manual inspections can take up to four days, so the ship will be incurring additional operating cost and schedule delays. Fuel receipts are often inaccurate and can be forged relatively easily, a known problem to regulators. Fitting a Green Sea Guard system allows shipowners to avoid fuel and receipt inspections, benefiting coastguards and port authorities the benefits of automation. EU guidelines require coastguards to inspect one ship in ten, but the most conscientious coastguards currently inspect less than one in seven hundred.

MARPOL Agreement

75 countries signed the MARPOL Agreement requiring shipowners to reduce their emissions of SOx and NOx from January 2015. Green Sea Guard has developed the systems to help coastguards monitor emissions and make their job easier. The system also helps shipowners to monitor their CO2 emissions and subsequently report these data to their customers.

MRV (Monitoring, Reporting, Verification)

The MRV Regulations came into force on 1 July 2015. The requirement is for ship operators to monitor, report and verify CO2 emissions for vessels annually. This applies to ships whose gross tonnage is greater than 5,000 entering any EU or EFTA port. Data collection is on a per voyage basis and commenced 1st January 2018.
Pollution is possibly the most significant problem that human beings currently face. Pollution of the air, land and seas is the factor that limits the growth of our economies, and poses a threat to life on earth. Many organisations focus on these problems, and Green Sea Guard is one of them, working in the area of maritime pollution from ships.

Marine emissions include a number of gases toxic to humans and wildlife and which also contribute to acidification of the seas. In its turn, acidification reduces the ability of the seas to absorb and hold carbon dioxide, adding to greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere. Engines also produce particulates, which are increasingly associated with poor human health.

Delay in implementing new measures is significant in the fight against pollution: as consumer demand grows, the shipping industry expands, and emissions are created. If action is only taken slowly, emissions continue to grow, so avoiding delay is one of the areas which needs attention.

We are a group of people passionately dedicated to reducing air pollution through pragmatic measures that can take effect rapidly. We offer products and services that monitor gas and particulate emissions which help shipowners to fight the waste of fuel and resources that most of these pollutants represent, providing them with positive commercially sound reasons to control emissions. We provide automation for regulators so that they too can use their scarce resources wisely in the fight against pollution.

Green Sea Guard is a professional, internationally operating, organization with a scientific background and can rely on a professional team to assist during the sales, implementation and evaluation stage of our state of the art measurement systems. Our sales team is present all around the world including offices in the UK, Portugal, the Netherlands, Guatemala and Panama.