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An aid to navigation located in the Chesapeake Bay | Photo source SailPlan

Clean tech company gathers real-time data on marine emissions

Mobility & Transport

Virginia-based SailPlan is partnering with the US Coast Guard to monitor data affecting navigation and emissions

Spotted: Maritime clean tech company SailPlan has developed a platform that gathers real-time emissions data and provides advanced tools to ship owners. The information allows owners to optimise factors such as engine loading and maintenance, which can decrease marine vessel emissions. SailPlan has now partnered with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to monitor aids to navigation (ATONs) placed in the Chesapeake Bay. The technology will allow the USCG to monitor data affecting navigation in real time.

SailPlan’s platform not only collects data on real-time emissions and other factors – it also provides analytics on current and historic data. Using predictive analytics, the platform can forecast emissions even before they happen, helping captains identify performance and maintenance issues before they occur.

SailPlan and the USCG will collect data from ATONs such as buoys, day beacons, lights, lightships, radio beacons, fog signals, and other markers and guidance equipment used in navigation. The goal is to increase infrastructure resilience and reduce both emissions and ATON maintenance costs.

“ATONs present a compelling opportunity to improve maritime transportation efficiency and resiliency by providing them with a digital presence. This contract with the USCG brings legacy marine infrastructure into the 21st century,” said Jacob Ruytenbeek, Founder and CEO of SailPlan, adding “SailPlan will benefit not only the USCG but also port authorities looking to monitor emissions compliance and air quality.”

SailPlan’s platform gives captains and crews a tool other than their eyes and ears to help reduce risk and improve ship performance. It is one of a number of platforms that are working to improve the sustainability of shipping. Other innovations we have seen recently include the use of biofuels and the use of predictive analysis to shorten trips and reduce emissions. 

Written By: Lisa Magloff



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