Undercurrents: beneath the obvious

November 30, 2006

Upgraded aircraft capable of tracking night time tanker spills to be unveiled

Filed under: Ballast,Canada — nemo @ 9:06 pm

Oil Week Magazine (Canada) carries this story on the deployment of a surveillance aircraft capable of tracking tankers that dump their waste into the ocean in the dead of night.

A Dash 8 was retrofitted with several sensors, including a side-looking airborne radar and an ultraviolet infrared line scanner, designed to analyze various spills and identify ships in dim light.

“The biggest benefit for us is that it can see at night and it can see under low cloud cover, and those are very important because we suspect, of course, that a lot of it happens in the cover of night,‘‘ the source said.

“It‘s like anything. If you know the cops are on the road on the long weekend, you‘re not going to speed.‘‘

The upgraded plane will patrol the Atlantic region as well as the Great Lakes, the source said.

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