Organizations like the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the European Union (EU) are already making efforts to address concerns about underwater noise pollution affecting marine life and habitats, including:
Several ports, like the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, are offering a reduction in fees for vessels with classification notations that demonstrate compliance with the class requirements for underwater noise.
Efforts to reduce noise are not limited to underwater, external airborne noise emission has become a focal point for many ports that have raised concerns about the noise pollution in the surrounding areas.
In response to the growing number of regulatory initiatives and business demands, owners, operators, and shipyards are looking for solutions for designing and operating marine and offshore assets with reduced noise emissions.
The ABS Guide for the Classification Notation of Underwater Noise and External Airborne Noise provides the marine and offshore industries with classification requirements on obtaining optional notations for demonstrating efforts to mitigate noise.
ABS actively supports the maritime and offshore industries’ efforts to address the rising demand for quieter assets. In addition to providing classification notations and criteria to signify the application of noise mitigation measures, ABS can also assist with noise reduction efforts through the following:
As of January 1st, 2020, ABS vessels entering the Port of Vancouver with the ABS Underwater Radiated Noise (UWN) notation are eligible to receive a 47% reduction in fees as part of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s EcoAction Program’s gold tier. The EcoAction Program recognizes a variety of fuel, technology and environmental management options that are eligible to receive discounted harbor due rates.
Learn more about the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s EcoAction Program here.