As a workshop exploring the relationship between energy efficiency and underwater radiated noise from shipping closes today at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, the Clean Arctic Alliance called for international action to support the sector’s transition to ships that are both more efficient and quieter as efforts to decarbonise the global shipping fleet are stepped-up.
As a workshop exploring the relationship between energy efficiency and underwater radiated noise from shipping opens today at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, the Clean Arctic Alliance called for international action to support the transition to ships that are both more efficient and quieter as efforts to decarbonise the global shipping fleet are stepped-up.
Underwater noise, also known as Underwater Radiated Noise (URN) is a form of pollution which comes from a number of sources, including shipping activity. This infographic depicts the major sources of underwater noise from ships and their effects on marine wildlife as well as what the many measures that can be taken to reduce and remove noise disturbances.
The International Maritime Organization took incremental steps to protecting marine environments, including in the Arctic, from noise pollution. The voluntary measures, however, do not go far enough, say environmental groups and the Inuit Circumpolar Council, especially for the Arctic Ocean’s sensitive ecosystem.
SDC9: Progress on Shipping’s Underwater Noise Impact Welcomed, But IMO Falls Short of Immediate Action
The Clean Arctic Alliance today welcomed progress made this week by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to address the impact of underwater noise from ships on marine wildlife, but warned that further delay in the development of an action program clearly setting out next steps - including compulsory measures - will prevent significant action that would decrease vessel noise in our oceans
Sarah Bobbe, Arctic program manager at Ocean Conservancy, urged the IMO to act. “In addition to global measures, even more stringent regional measures to reduce acoustic pollution from vessels in areas such as the Arctic will be necessary,” she said.
The IMO must this week agree on an effective program of action and next steps to mitigate underwater noise from ships
SDC 9/5/3: Comments on document SDC 9/5 – Report of the Correspondence Group on the Review of the Underwater Noise Guidelines
This document comments on document SDC 9/5, primarily supporting the general approach proposed and emphasizes areas of particular interest to the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC).
SDC 9/5/7: Review of the Guidelines for the Reduction Of Underwater Noise and Identification of Next Steps
This document comments on the provisional work plan submitted by Canada in document SDC 9/5/1 and proposes several recommendations for the Sub-Committee to consider as it continues its revision of the draft Guidelines and identification of next steps.
SDC 9/5/1: Review of the Guidelines for the Reduction of Underwater Noise from Commercial Shipping to Address Adverse Impacts on Marine Life and Identification of Next Steps
This document proposes a strategy and provisional workplan for the finalization of the review of the Guidelines for the reduction of underwater noise from commercial shipping to address adverse impacts on marine life (MEPC.1/Circ.833) and the identification of next steps.