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Marine compliant data gathering solution for ECA compliance

12 January 2016

Parker Kittiwake Procal, part of the Parker Hannifin Corporation and a supplier of continuous emissions monitoring systems (CEMS) for marine, power and offshore applications, has launched the Procal 1200M data gathering system and control unit, specifically designed for maritime use.

In addition to collecting and processing data from Parker Kittiwake Procal’s marine emissions analysers, the Procal 12000M is able to send and receive data from devices which monitor exhaust gas scrubbing systems. This enables collation and accurate reporting of data from various parameters, including SO2, CO2, NOx, PH, sea water temperature, turbidity, polyaromatic hydrocarbon equivalents, and wash water flow rate. 

The analysers communicate via a serial data link to the control unit, which can be located up to 1200m from the exhaust mounted CEMS, and data from up to 16 channels per exhaust gas scrubbing systems can be presented on an individual front panel. Sealed to IP65 standards and designed to be located in harsh marine environments, the control unit has the ability to generate detailed and accurate reports, aiding operators in meeting the stringent reporting requirements of today’s environmental regulations. With three levels of password protection, the unit is also compliant with the security requirements of MARPOL Annex VI. 

Spot sampling is becoming increasingly common in the Baltic and North Sea emission control area (ECA), and the European Union now requires member states to carry out sulphur tests on the marine fuel being used onboard many of the ships calling at their ports. 

Chris Daw, business development manager, Parker Kittiwake Procal, said: “As environmental legislation continues to evolve in parallel with ecological awareness, the policing of compliance is becoming gradually more uniform and effective. Indeed, many Port State Controls, especially those in Europe and the US, are cracking down hard. With the potential for fines and delays, accurately demonstrating compliance is becoming a bottom line issue. The Procal 1200M unit provides the crew with essential information and also aids operators in collating detailed and accurate data for regulators to prove compliance.”

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