Underwater radiated noise and its impact on the marine environment are not yet covered by IMO regulations, but guidelines on reducing underwater radiated noise from commercial shipping have been adopted (MSC.1/Circ.833, which is currently under revision).
At present, noise-reduction technologies apply to specialized ship types, such as navy and research ships and are not available on a large-scale nor sufficiently mature for implementation on commercial ships.
BIMCO believes that mandatory ship design requirements to minimise underwater radiated noise should apply only to new ships.
BIMCO finds that the criteria used for the designation of a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) could be suitable to help mitigate underwater radiated noise from ships.
BIMCO supports a holistic view so as to ensure that any measures to reduce underwater radiated noise are balanced against potentially increased air emissions.
BIMCO calls for classification societies to harmonise methodologies and procedures to measure underwater radiated noise.
Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) publish regular Bunker Alerts based entirely on fuel samples and have kindly permitted BIMCO’s Members to access this information.
The Bunker Alerts are not intended to be an evaluation of overall bunker quality in the port or area concerned, but usually highlight a specific parameter within the fuel which has raised a quality issue.
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