Noise emissions best practise guide launches

Best practise guide ‘Mitigation of Noise from Ships at Berth’ is a best practice guide for ports. Credit: Project NEPTUNES

A best practice guide for ports on measuring, labelling and mitigating noise emissions of vessels at ports has been launched.

Project NEPTUNES’ ‘Mitigation of Noise from Ships at Berth’ discusses the characteristics, challenges, impact and legislation around ship-generated noise. It also looks at stakeholders; the project’s universal measurement protocol; guidelines for a noise label based on a points system; and best practises which includes mitigation at the source, in the propagation path and at the receiver.

The guide for ports, owners and other stakeholders was discussed at Project NEPTUNES’ conference on noise reduction, hosted by the Port of Rotterdam on 28 March. Experts from Project NEPTUNES, set up by a group of ports in 2017, presented the measurement protocol and proposed labelling system to project participants and key industry stakeholders including the IAPH, which has expressed support for the initiative.

An ”important milestone”

Ronald Paul, COO at the Port of Rotterdam Authority, said: “The Port of Rotterdam Authority is delighted with this new approach. Until now, sea-going vessels only need to adhere to noise standards in the area of working conditions. But residents in the vicinity of berths are also confronted with noise pollution. That is why the Port of Rotterdam Authority took the initiative two years ago to develop Neptunes.

“We realise that this stage involves mostly missionary work, but we are delighted with these initial steps regarding potential shipping noise reduction.”

Project NEPTUNES’ board members include the Port of Amsterdam, Port of Turku, Port of Vancouver, Port of Rotterdam, Hamburg Port Authority, Copenhagen Malmö Port, Port of Gothenburg, Port of Cork, Port of New South Wales and Port of Koper.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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