Underwater radiated noise

Underwater radiated noise

Overview

BIMCO's position on "underwater radiated noise" has been approved by the BIMCO Board of Directors.

Background

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).

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’s position

  • BIMCO will work towards formulating a common industry position on the reduction of underwater radiated noise from ships to ensure that any future targets are based on scientifically sound research on the impact on marine life.
  • BIMCO supports the IMO guidelines on the reduction of underwater radiated noise from commercial shipping.
  • 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.

 

Rasmus Nord Jorgensen
in Copenhagen, DK

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