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Polluting ship caught

A CARGO ship using fuel which failed to meet China’s sulfur emissions standard was caught by the Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration this week using a drone.

It was the first time a ship has been caught emitting excessive sulfur and the first time the administration had used a drone to monitor emissions. On Monday, maritime safety officers on patrol in waters near the Pudong New Area noticed the Lady XX, registered in Panama, emitting black smoke. They activated detection equipment to check the smoke and also deployed a drone with an emission-monitoring system. Results from both systems suggested the Lady XX was using fuel which contained more sulfur than China’s maximum 0.5 percent. Subsequent tests confirmed the initial findings.


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