On December 7th 2016, the second CompMon Operator Workshop was held at the premises of DG Maritime Transport in Brussels (BE). This second Workshop built on the outcome of a first CompMon Operator Workshop which took place on April 14th 2016 in Helsinki (FI), where draft operational standards and procedures had been defined for conducting airborne MARPOL Annex VI compliance monitoring in support of Port State Control authorities – resulting in a draft ‘best practice’ report for aerial compliance monitoring.
The second CompMon Operator Workshop aimed at learning more about the current status of airborne compliance monitoring of Marpol Annex VI, and at exchanging experiences, lessons learnt and results obtained through the airborne monitoring operations in 2015-16 (= COMPMON project period). Furthermore, the main goal of the second workshop was to have an in-depth evaluation and update of the standards and procedures which were extensively tested during the pilot phase of airborne monitoring as described in Activity 3 of the CompMon project. This in order to be able to finalize the “Best Practices Airborne MARPOL Annex VI Monitoring” report that will be made publicly available for -inter alia- other EU Member States, Regional Agreements such as the Bonn Agreement (BA) and HELCOM (being the two regional agreements covering the North Sea and Baltic Sea SECAs) and EMSA.
The workshop was organized back to back with the final CompMon Stakeholder Conference which was held in Brussels on the 8th December 2016. The main conclusions from the 2nd Operator Workshop have been presented the following day at the CompMon Stakeholder Conference.
Overview of presentations
A general introduction to the workshop was given by Mr. C. Swolfs (DG Shipping, Belgium), who underlined the added value of the CompMon piloting project in terms of the use of new technologies for the effective targeting of ships for the enforcement of MARPOL Annex VI, and thanked the European Commission for funding this very important project. A reference was made to IMO’s recent decision on the global sulphur cap of 0.5% that will enter into force in 2020, stating that the lessons learned in Europe through e.g. CompMon could be very useful for the international shipping community.
Following this introduction, the following presentations were given at the workshop:
1. Needs of Port State Control authorities for Marpol Annex VI targeting (R. Vandenbussche, BE PSC)
2. Presentation of different existing sensors/techniques:
- Comparison between fixed wing airborne monitoring techniques, Sniffer vs DOAS (Prof. J. Mellqvist, Chalmers University, SE);
- Use of light weighted sniffer sensor systems (mini-sniffer) (J. Knudsen, Explicit, DK).
3. Airborne compliance monitoring – Results:
- Belgian sniffer campaigns 2016 (K. Scheldeman, MUMM, BE)
- Results joint campaign Netherlands (J. Van Vliet, ILT, NL)
- Results Chalmers with focus on measurements at SECA border (Prof. J. Mellqvist, Chalmers University, SE)
4. Evaluation of operational procedures and standards (draft ‘best practice’) for airborne compliance monitoring – discussion between CompMon partners and external experts (W. Van Roy & K.Scheldeman, MUMM)