Port of Vancouver expands geographic areas of ECHO program

The Port of Vancouver reminds the shipping industry that as of June 1 the commercial shipping sector is alerted to begin voluntarily slowing their ships southern resident killer whales return to Haro Strait and Boundary Pass to feed for the summer.

This year, in attempts to further reduce underwater noise on whales in a larger geographic area, the trial zone is expanded to include both Haro Strait and Boundary Pass, which were identified by Fisheries and Oceans Canada earlier this year as key...


Addressing underwater noise created by dredging

Underwater sound created by dredging equipment below the water surface can impact marine life and requires careful evaluation and monitoring, according to the International Association of Dredging Companies.

Four important factors must be considered when deciding the impact of underwater sound – the ambient sound, the radiated sound and the sensitivity of the receptor (the marine life). These are:

  • Establishing levels of ambient sound on-site, which can be the borrow pit, the construction site or...


Notation on reducing marine noise

RINA, the Italian Classification Society, focused on the matter of noise coming from vessels, as the majority of noise is emitted underwater, thus the public is unaware of the problem. Yet, marine noise results to the interference of animal’s ability to hear, having a huge impact the reproduction and survival of animals.

Generally, underwater noise is becoming worse, keeping in mind that areas, as the Arctic, are having an increased shipping traffic nowadays.

The International Workshop on...


UK creates first map of underwater noise

UK unveiled the first UK-wide map of underwater noise made by ships. Researchers from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) in Suffolk used data captured from microphones placed on the seabed to identify “hotspots”.

This comes in response to global concerns about shipping affecting on how marine mammals communicate.

Under the Cefas study, microphones were placed around the UK for over 18 months and recorded audio for three months at each location, BBC reported.



Project NEPTUNES aims to mitigate noise pollution in the marine environment

In 2017, a small group of pioneering ports created an inventory ship-generated noise in berth, at anchor and manoeuvring to get in berth or leaving the berth. The project NEPTUNES – Noise Exploration Program To Understand Noise Emitted by Seagoing Ships –  aims to mitigate the noise pollution from seagoing vessels by developing an universal measurement protocol, guidelines for noise labelling of vessels and a best practice guide for noise hindrance reduction measures.

Specifically, Frank...


Life below water: Addressing ocean sustainability

Oceans, seas and coastal areas cover the vast majority of our planet’s surface, as two-thirds of the planet is water. Oceans are a life-giving force considering the fact that our drinking water, weather, climate, food, and oxygen, are driven by the sea. For this reason, it is of vital importance to protect the seas through enhanced ocean conservation and sustainable practices.

Protecting Life Below Water

Over three billion people depend their livelihood on marine and coastal resources, as they...


European countries must take action to reduce underwater noise, report says

A recent report by OceanCare, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Seas at Risk and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), found that the EU could fail to protect marine wildlife from the impacts of intense underwater noise levels by 2020, despite a requirement to do so under EU marine law.

According to the 2008 European legislation of the Marine Directive, European governments must take action in several areas, to make seas clean and healthy again by 2020. One of these areas is under...


The anthropogenic sound harms the ocean wildlife

The Standard Club focused on the matter of ‘anthropogenic sound’, meaning the noise pollution that prevents ocean wildlife organisms from communicating with one another, perceiving prey or finding potential mates. Therefore, the anthropogenic sound many times works as a barrier to the acoustic possibility of the deep ocean creating wildlife that has evolved to use and rely on sound as a medium to exist.

Specifically, the maritime industry is the primary factor of anthropogenic sound, but for now...


Vancouver port lists Wärtsilä’s EnergoProFin in EcoAction program

Finnish technology group Wärtsilä’s EnergoProFin, an energy saving propeller cap, which delivers average fuel savings of 2%, has been listed in the 2019 Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s EcoAction Program. The Program provides harbour dues discounts for vessels calling on the Port of Vancouver that meet environmental best practices that reduce emissions, underwater noise and other environmental impacts.

The listing is in the vessel quieting category, which awards a 23% discount in harbour dues...


Port of Vancouver expands noise reduction features in protection of whales

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has expanded its industry-leading EcoAction Program, encouraging vessels that call on the Port of Vancouver to quiet the waters for the endangered whale population along the southern coast of British Columbia. Specifically, the program got into force on January 1, 2019.

The Port Authority moved forward and found options to decrease underwater noise and also updated the air emissions reduction options eligible for discounted harbour dues through its EcoAction...


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