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

Project NEPTUNES is launching a best practice guide for ports on measuring, labelling and mitigating noise emissions of vessels at ports.

‘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 will be discussed at the upcoming NEPTUNES conference on noise reduction, to be hosted by the Port of Rotterdam on 28 March. Experts from Project NEPTUNES, set up by a group of ports in 2017, will present the measurement protocol and proposed labelling system to project participants and key industry stakeholders including classification societies, shipowners and maritime associations.

An ”important milestone”

Joop Smits, NEPTUNES project head, commented, "The outcome will mark an important milestone for the NEPTUNES Project with the delivery of a practical guide to mitigate vessel noise in ports – certainly not the beginning of the end of this collaboration, but with the support of the industry and IAPH, the end of the beginning."

Dr Patrick Verhoeven, IAPH managing director and coordinator of the World Ports Sustainability Program, added: "This demonstrates once again how a willingness by experts in the ports sector to collaborate can make all the difference by defining, measuring, labelling and then incentivising stakeholders to reduce emissions at ports."

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.

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