Danish shipowner Uni-Tankers has signed up for the country’s new Cleanship programme to monitor emissions-reduction effects in real-time on vessels.

The state-backed programme will gather concrete data to provide the maritime sector with deep insights into the necessary steps towards a climate-neutral industry, the product carrier company explained.

“The vision of climate-neutral shipping by 2050 is within reach,” Uni-Tankers said.

This is why the Danish Environmental Technology Development and Demonstration Program (MUDP) has allocated more than DKK 18m ($2.61m) to Cleanship, it added.

Julie Tolbol Rasmussen, Cleanship’s project manager from the Danish Technological Institute, said the new initiative was different because it measured “real sailing”.

“We aim to investigate the effects of energy-saving devices, modern biofuels and other operational handles on harmful emissions, including black carbon,” she added.

“By monitoring emissions and fuel consumption in real-time, we will be able to provide valuable insights to the maritime industry and support future investments in cleaner technology,” Tolbol Rasmussen said.

Advanced measurement technologies will allow data collection directly from Uni-Tankers ships.

“The collaboration across the industry in this project will help us achieve significant insights in this area,” said Kristian Larsen, technical director at Uni-Tankers.

He argued participation has a direct strategic value for the shipping company.

Uni-Tankers and the Danish Technological Institute have teamed up with Green Instruments, which provides the measuring equipment.

The partnership includes the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, Danish Shipping and Danish Maritime. Cleanship is planned to continue until December 2026.

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