New emissions monitoring system ties to ship's GPS

The following is the text of a news release from SKF Blohm:

(GOTHENBURG, Sweden) — SKF Blohm + Voss Industries launches the Turbulo BlueMon emission monitoring system that can record all relevant emissions on board ships in only one system. Additionally, Turbulo BlueMon couples these values with the vessel’s position data, based on GPS signals. This link — a new development on the market — facilitates compliance with existing regulations and makes possible seamless auditing and verification of emissions from ships.
The environmental protection in the maritime shipping sector is defined in six annexes in the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL 73/78). Turbulo BlueMon can record all ship emissions that are listed with limit values in the respective annexes.
Sea areas that are subject to other regulations, such as the Vessel General Permit 2013, applicable to U.S. coastal waters, are also stored in the system. Thanks to GPS link, it is clear where and when which emissions are emitted. The data remains available for at least 24 months, thereby allowing retrospective verification that all emission limits were complied with.
The GPS link also supports compliance with the regulations. If a ship heads toward a sea area where specific emission regulations apply, the system delivers a corresponding warning on the bridge. This allows the current emission values to be checked again and adjusted as necessary to meet differing emission limits. Turbulo BlueMon can also control the discharge of bilge water through the system’s own overboard valve in accordance to the limits programmed by the crew.
Modular design of the system

Turbulo BlueMon is of modular design and can be individually configured as needed. The standard specification of the system comprises a central data logger connected to a PC. Depending upon the customer’s requirements a software package can be provided for each of the annexes to the MARPOL regulations, which will monitor the respective emissions. If required, SKF Blohm + Voss Industries can also supply the associated technical components.
Clear user interface

All relevant data can be displayed on the system’s monitor screen for at-a-glance viewing. The user can switch between views that show geographical maps with the ship’s current position and emission zones, and a clearly laid out overview of the current emission values. This view displays the emission values set forth in MARPOL Annex 1 (Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution by Oil) — together with a graphical representation of the bilge water system — on a single screen. The emission values set forth in Annexes 2-6 are summarised on a further screen.
An even stronger partner for the marine industry

In early 2013, SKF has acquired Blohm + Voss Industries (BVI), the German manufacturer of ship components. With this acquisition, SKF intends to strengthen its product portfolio for the marine industry. Furthermore, SKF widens its access to the market by using BVI's worldwide leading network of sales and service partners. Customers will benefit from SKF's expertise as a knowledge engineering company in combination with BVI's focus on shipbuilding and ship operations. The new joint organization will be an even stronger partner for the marine industry, supplying critical components and fast and reliable services, as well as developing new applications that address future challenges in the ever changing environment of the industry.

By Professional Mariner Staff