ABOUT

Everything about project ‘NEPTUNES’

Source of noise

While there are plenty of natural occurring sound in the ocean, an increase in commercial vessel traffic is the main reason underwater noise.

Insight

An import part of the project will be gaining insight with respect to the production of noise from sea-going vessels, so that the occurrence and sources of hindrance can be better understood

Neptunes

Neptunes is here to stay, and you can rest easy knowing that our team will be updating and improving it for years to come.

Phases/Planning

There are several challenges to overcome in order to lower noise pollution from sea-going vessels. At the moment there is very little recorded information and standardized data regarding noise and hindrance in and around ports. There is furthermore no universal method to measure noise or hindrance from seagoing vessels, and there is no real urgency to design quieter seagoing vessels that go further than protecting seafarers from noise whilst at sea.

In order to reach the objective of this project. The following goals and deliverables are summarized:

1 ) A structured insight in the scope, nature and cause of noise pollution and effective measures already implemented.

2 ) An overview of laws and regulations related to noise pollution.

3 ) Measurement protocols for the quantification of noise performance.

4 ) Guidelines for noise labelling of a vessel, based on its noise performance.

5 ) Best practice guide for noise pollution and noise hindrance reduction measures, including ‘noise awareness’ methods to be employed.

6 ) Roadmap implementation of measures by means of regulation and/or stimulation, for example, upgrading the Environmental Shipping Index (ESI) with a noise

Full description of the project

Complaints about noise from (seagoing) vessels at berth are increasingly becoming an environmental issue. This is mainly due to the increase of the population in the residential areas around the ports, and the rise of the number of residential areas being built closer to the port itself. To achieve sustainable port development and operations there is a desire to reduce the problem of noise pollution. As this problem concerns vessels calling at different international ports, the NEPTUNES-project is initiated in order to tackle noise pollution from moored vessels in co-operation with ports from all over the world. So far, eleven ports are participating in the project (see table below). The project is called ‘NEPTUNES’ (Noise Exploration Program To Understand Noise Emitted by Seagoing ships), inspired by the god of the sea in Roman religion (‘Neptune’).

An import part of the project will be gaining insight with respect to the production of noise from sea-going vessels, so that the occurrence and sources of hindrance can be better understood. By mitigating the noise of seagoing vessels the quality of life for the residents living in and around the port will improve while the reputation of the port authority will be positively influenced.