The eNose network in and around the Port of Amsterdam will be expanded in 2018. Together with the Port Authority Amsterdam and the EPA ODNZKG, the province of North-Holland is building an extensive network of eNoses to detect smell. With this eNose network it is possible to pick up on odours at an early stage and trace the sources to ultimately limit odour complaints and improve the quality of life in and around the port area.
Fujairah Municipality, Rotterdam sign MoU to promote mutual co-operation in oil sector
FUJAIRAH, 14th November, 2017 (WAM) — The Fujairah Municipality has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the city of Rotterdam in Netherlands, under the framework of promoting mutual co-operation, exchanging knowledge and achieving sustainable industrial development in the oil sector.The MoU was signed by Mohamed Saif Al Afkham, Director-General of Fujairah Municipality, and Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam.The MoU stipulates that Rotterdam will assess its industrial facilities that refine and store oil and its derivatives, as well as its facilities that process oil waste products and its metal industry facilities, to comply with the latest technologies and best international practices and reduce the negative impact on the environment.The MoU also aims to raise the capacity of the Fujairah Municipality Air Quality Control Network and introduce modern technologies, which are similar to those that monitor and track operations in Rotterdam (E-Noses). It also aims to establish a local monitoring and control room, and Rotterdam will provide support to the Fujairah Municipality to develop legislation and guidelines for these activities.
Interested in how the eNose is applied by the Environmental Complaint Center of the OMWB?
Odour nuisance, noise nuisance, incidents at companies, they do not stick to office times but can occur 24/7. Residents who are disturbed or annoyed by these incidents can report this to the environmental complaints center of the OMWB 24 hours a day. One of the instruments that is used in the investigative work of odour complaints is the eNose. With the eNose, employees of the environmental complaints center get additional information in the investigation of the possible sources of odour nuisance.
The following article gives a good impression of what the work of the environmental complaints center entails and how the eNose is applied in odour complaint assessment.
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There’s nothing quite so evocative as a smell: a freshly printed book; a delicious roast meal with all the trimmings; a bunch of hand-picked flowers.
However in certain businesses, odour problems can leave a proverbial bad smell lingering in the air unless solved and ports are no exception.
Markus Dalini, technical manager of Ferryl Sales, says that several types of cargo cause bad odours in cargo holds, terminals, containers or storage facilities. “Bad odours can be caused by fish and animal smells, garbage and waste, as well as cigarette smoke and mildew. When bad odours occur, it is important that they are removed.”
However, bad odours can also potentially occur from other sources on board vessels, arising in areas such as sanitary installations, mess-rooms, and kitchens.
During the run-up event to the World Standards Day, Comon Invent won the 3rd prize of the NENnovation Awards 2017. With the application of the eNose technology in the environmental and exploration in the medical domain, the jury praised Comon Invent with for its innovative enhancements in the field of air monitoring. The prize was awarded by Dutch astronaut André Kuipers.
In the port of Rotterdam, work takes place to stop the unintentional release of all sorts of substances. Some gases are hazardous or irritating and not all gases are perceptible to human senses. An ‘e-nose’ (electronic nose) can do this and responds to changes in the composition of the air. The Port of Rotterdam has a unique system of e-noses: the we-nose network. This allows companies, municipal authorities, and the Environmental Protection Agency to respond faster to emissions of unpleasant or dangerous gases.
There are now 250 electronic noses in the port. The we-nose network makes a significant contribution towards improving the safety, health and appeal of the port area and its environs.
Many lung diseases are difficult to diagnose, which results in proper treatment often starting too late. “For many new and expensive medicines there are no tests to determine which drug will work for which patient. Treatment is then based on trial and error, a time consuming and costly search”, Rianne de Vries, research director at AMC, said in the statement. “The SpiroNose can change that. With inflammation, infection or lung tumor, the exhaled air contains specific substances that the SpiroNose can detect within a minute.”Read More
Since October 1, 2015, the eNose network is operational in the Port of Amsterdam. The eNose network project (GeurInzicht) is an initiative by the Port of Amsterdam in cooperation with EPA North Sea Canal Area and the Province of North-Holland. These parties work together in this project with private companies active in the port and the Fire Department. The project aims to improve the quality of life in and around the port area. In 2016 the project group gained experience with the eNose network. The first annual report has been published by the Port of Amsterdam Authority.
This first annual report of the eNose Network provides a lot of information and insights. Also, all partners have learned a lot about the use of the eNose. There is more insight into what kinds of sources emit fragrance and where the possible sources are. It is also concluded, that there are some areas of the network where the density can be improved. Therefore, it is envisioned by the project group to expand the eNose network in 2018. This expansion will mainly focus on the area where the eNoses pick up most abnormal signals of changes in the air composition.Read More
This month TAL Trieste commissioned a network of 12 eNoses surrounding the tank farm San Dorligo in Trieste. The eNose network will continuously monitor changes in air composition in and around the tank farm vicinity. The eNose network provides TAL with additional information about the rise and spread of emissions and can be used as a tool for pro-active odour emission management.
Tank farm San Dorligo della Valle is connected to the SIOT Marine Terminal which is located in the Bay of Muggia in the Gulf of Trieste. SIOT Marine Terminal is the starting point of the TAL (TransAlpine Pipeline) system: averaging 41 million tons of crude oil unloaded annually, TAL accounts for 70% of the traffic in the Port of Trieste. This makes it the busiest oil terminal in Italy and the second busiest in the Mediterranean area. Each oil tanker which docks at the marine terminal has a significant economic impact on the local area. At the Marine Terminal crude oil is unloaded at the piers and transported via four pipelines to the tank farm of San Dorligo della Valle. The San Dorligo tank farm, where the crude oil is stored and handled, is located in the south-east of the industrial area of Trieste.
From the start of its operations the TAL crude oil pipeline have been From the very beginning of its operation the TAL crude oil pipeline has been a symbol of economically and environmentally responsible behavior, high ethical standards and a strong awareness of the importance of maintaining safe operation.
Ensuing the We-nose network expansion in 2015, the Port of Rotterdam Authority has increased the number of eNoses by another 100 locations. After commissioning this latest expansion early 2017, the dense We-nose network now comprises a total of 250 eNoses covering the complete Port of Rotterdam and surrounding Rijnmond area. The focus of the most recent expansion is twofold. Firstly, intensifying the network in the key areas of the existing network, such as the Botlek, Europoort and the main waterways in the port area. And secondly expanding the network more towards the Maasvlakte on the west side and towards the Heijplaat on the east side of the port area.