Hardware Accelerator Team Develops New Detection System to Measure Emissions in the Maritime Shipping Industry

Hardware Accelerator Team Develops New Detection System to Measure Emissions in the Maritime Shipping Industry

Shipping is one of the biggest industries in the world, delivering 90% of world trade faster and more efficiently than other land shipping options. Because of its popularity, shipping emits millions of tonnes of sulfur, nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter, and carbon dioxide into the ocean and other bodies of water each year.

Recently, there has been legislation passed to cut these emissions from ships in order to protect the environment but there is a lack of technology that allows for accurate and organized testing. Currently, the shipping industry has been relying on handwritten paperwork and random testing that has been proven ineffective.

Shannon Mackey and three other partners of SeaArctos, participants in Rev’s 2018 Hardware Accelerator, saw there was a need for a global system that could regulate emissions and organize data across the board. SeaArctos is developing a detection system that can sense sulfur given off by ships to determine if they are burning the correct fuel to meet these new international maritime regulations.

SeaArctos wants to implement their technology so that the maritime industry can more effectively determine ships’ regulatory compliance for owners, and enforcement agencies.

“We’re passionate about this because we believe it’s important for the maritime industry to demonstrate its commitment to its environmental obligations,” said Mackey.

During Rev’s Hardware Accelerator, the team has been diligently working on creating precision prototypes in the lab as well as learning about business development from Rev’s Entrepreneurs in Residence.

SeaArctos plans to have a complete set of test sensor units to deploy and test on ships after Rev’s Hardware Accelerator and eventually commercialize the product to satisfy the global market.

SeaArctos will present their prototype and progress with their business plans on August 9th, 2018 at Rev’s Hardware Accelerator Demo Day.

Katie Siple