A system that remotely detects marine pollution originating from ships was installed on Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge. Although it is used at 200 points in the world, the system applied on a bridge for the first time was developed with the scientific support of Istanbul Technical University Turkish Straits Maritime Application and Research Center.
While the measures against the environmental disasters in the Marmara Sea continued in recent days, ICA, the company that undertook the construction and operation of the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge and the Northern Ring Motorway, started to use a system against pollution from ships.
The company that wants to detect the chemical, fuel or ballast pollution of the ships entering the Marmara Sea through the Bosphorus; Collaborated with Istanbul Technical University Turkish Straits Maritime Application and Research Center. İTÜBOA determined the system used to combat marine pollution at 200 points around the world in Norway and implemented it on the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge.
According to the news of Gökhan Karakaş from Milliyet,night vision camera that captures high quality images; It was placed on the bridge within the scope of the Project for the Development of the Detection, Tracking and Analysis System for Marine Pollution from Ships for the Northern Region of the Bosphorus. While the remote monitoring system is successfully applied on a bridge for the first time in the world, the northern side of the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge is continuously scanned.
The camera, which has a range of 5 km, monitors the ships entering and leaving the Black Sea, and provides a warning when pollution is released. ITU Turkish Straits Maritime Application and Research Center Director Prof. Dr. Özcan Arslan emphasized that all kinds of ship-borne pollutants can be detected.
ALL KINDS OF CONTAMINANTS ARE DETECTED
Arslan said, “In order for our seas to survive, it is necessary to detect all kinds of pollutants, to intervene in pollution and to prevent similar pollution. With the system installed on Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, pollution information is shared with all stakeholder organizations. Even knowing the existence of the system is a deterrent. In developed countries, pollution is prevented with similar systems. As ITU Turkish Straits Maritime Application Center (ITU BOA), we will obtain data. We can accept spark project. We think that with the installation of the systems at critical points in the Turkish seas, our seas will be protected more easily.” said.
POLLUTION FROM 5 KM FROM SHIP IS DETERMINED
Stating that the information obtained from the system, which can detect changes in the sea, is shared with the relevant units of the General Directorate of Coastal Safety, the Coast Guard Command and the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, ICA General Manager Serhat Soğukpınar emphasized the importance of the Bosphorus.
Sogukpinar said, “The cargo volume of the ships in the Bosphorus, one of the world’s most important waterways, has increased. In particular, the frequency of transit of tankers and the increase in oil and chemical cargoes carried through the Bosphorus also increase the risk of pollution of the important waterway by oil and its derivatives. Marine pollution originating from ships, detection and prevention of this pollution is of great importance for the environment and human health. With the project, we will be able to detect the pollution in the north of the Bosphorus.” said.
It was emphasized that the system, which is efficient for 24 hours, was established for coastal management in Norway and for the detection of surface and underwater pollution of the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan.
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