Articles | Volume 13, issue 9
Research article
17 Sep 2020
Research article |  | 17 Sep 2020

Monitoring the compliance of sailing ships with fuel sulfur content regulations using unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) measurements of ship emissions in open water

Fan Zhou, Liwei Hou, Rui Zhong, Wei Chen, Xunpeng Ni, Shengda Pan, Ming Zhao, and Bowen An


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AR by Fan Zhou on behalf of the Authors (19 Jun 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (22 Jun 2020) by Andreas Richter
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (23 Jul 2020)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (24 Jul 2020) by Andreas Richter
AR by Fan Zhou on behalf of the Authors (02 Aug 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (06 Aug 2020) by Andreas Richter
Short summary
On 15 July 2019, using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), maritime authorities ferreted out a sailing ship whose fuel sulfur content (FSC) failed to meet Chinese regulations. This was the first time that a sailing ship had been caught for having failed the FSC regulations in China. The UAV system, method, and monitoring result utilized are discussed in this paper. We recommend that emissions from sailing ships be monitored more often in the open water in the future.