Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science has announced the delivery of its specialized sulphur testing equipment to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).
According to a statement, both organizations are currently preparing to enforce the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) MARPOL Annex VI regulation, which will oblige all seafaring vessels to use fuels with less than 0.5% sulphur content.
As a result of the new rules, both ship owners and port authorities need a reliable means of onboard testing that ensures compliance with the IMO’s new fuel requirements.
The X-MET8000 XRF analyser from Hitachi – which is portable and can taken anywhere it is required – is said to offer laboratory-quality testing results onboard, delivering a reading in under a minute to support “data-driven decisions”.
In addition to this, the solution is robust enough to be used across a range of different environments and is equipped with a GPS to pinpoint exactly where analysis has been performed.
Integrated with the advanced data management and storage service ExTOPE Connect, results captured with the device can be stored safely or shared in real-time from any computer.