Transport and Environment Database System (TRENDS): Maritime Air Pollutant Emission Modelling

Aliki Georgakaki, Robert Coffey, Grahm Lock, Spencer C Sorenson

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This paper reports the development of the maritime module within the framework of the Transport and Environment Database System (TRENDS) project. A detailed database has been constructed for the calculation of energy consumption and air pollutant emissions. Based on an in-house database of commercial vessels kept at the Technical University of Denmark, relationships between the fuel consumption and size of different vessels have been developed, taking into account the fleet's age and service speed. The technical assumptions and factors incorporated in the database are presented, including changes from findings reported in Methodologies for Estimating air pollutant Emissions from Transport (MEET). The database operates on statistical data provided by Eurostat, which describe vessel and freight movements from and towards EU 15 major ports. Data are at port to Maritime Coastal Area (MCA) level, so a bottom-up approach is used. A port to MCA distance database has also been constructed for the purpose of the study. This was the first attempt to use Eurostat maritime statistics for emission modelling; and the problems encountered, since the statistical data collection was not undertaken with a view to this purpose, are mentioned. Examples of the results obtained by the database are presented. These include detailed air pollutant emission calculations for bulk carriers entering the port of Helsinki, as an example of the database operation, and aggregate results for different types of movements for France. Overall estimates of SO, and NO, emission caused by shipping traffic between the EU 15 countries are in the area of I and 1.5 million tonnes, respectively. © 2005 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAtmospheric Environment
Issue number13
Pages (from-to)2357-2365
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event12th International Symposium on Transport and Air Pollution - Avignon, France
Duration: 16 Jun 200318 Jun 2003
Conference number: 12


Conference12th International Symposium on Transport and Air Pollution

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