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Achieve QUieter Oceans by shipping noise footprint reduction

Objective

Recent directives outline the need to mitigate underwater noise footprint due to shipping, to prevent negative consequences to marine life. In that context, the final goal of AQUO project is to provide to policy makers practical guidelines, acceptable by shipyards and ship owners. The list of solutions will be split into solutions regarding ship design (including propeller and cavitation noise), and solutions related to shipping control and regulation. Exploitation of the AQUO project results is expected to have significant impacts, meeting the requirements of the MSFD.
The project is supported by relevant methods and tools, which will be used to assess the effectiveness of noise mitigation measures in order to select the most appropriate:
- A noise footprint assessment tool will be derived from Quonops an existing operational underwater noise prediction system, connectable with AIS shipping data. The tool will be adapted to the problem considered and validated by comparison with in-situ measurements at sea.
- Dedicated bio-acoustic studies will be conducted on different marine species representative to European maritime areas, with the goal to derive criteria regarding shipping underwater noise acceptable limits.
- Computer methods will be developed and scale model experiments will be done to predict radiated noise from ship propellers, including cavitation effects and interaction with ship hull. These predictive techniques will be validated by comparison to measurements.
- To support the analysis, several vessels, including commercial ships, will be tested at sea. Indeed, the project will benefit from the strong expertise of the consortium in the field of ship noise and vibrations, relying on long term experience on many ships, and a dedicated database. A proposal for ship Underwater Radiated Noise measurement European standard will also be produced.
The consortium is a well-balanced team composed of ship industry, specialized companies, a classification society, research centers and academics. Different European countries are represented. The team includes a large panel of specialists covering the different technical topics to address, allowing a multi-disciplinary approach.

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2012-RTD-1
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Coordinator

NAVAL GROUP
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Rue Du Docteur Finlay 40-42
75015 Paris
France
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 356 959
Administrative Contact
Christian Audoly (Dr.)

Participants (12)

TECNICAS Y SERVICIOS DE INGENIERÍA, S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 499 780
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Avda Pio Xii 44 Blo2 Esc Izq
28016 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Publio Beltrán (Mr.)
BUREAU VERITAS SA
France
EU contribution
€ 180 217
Address
40-52 Boulevard Du Parc Immeuble Newtime
92200 Neuilly Sur Seine
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Isabelle Thiebaut (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 413 315
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Valenti Guasch (Mr.)
QUIET OCEANS
France
EU contribution
€ 264 249
Address
525 Avenue Alexis De Rochon
29280 Plouzane
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Folegot (Dr.)
SSPA SWEDEN AB.
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 364 308
Address
Chalmers Tvaergata 10
40022 Goeteborg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Allenström Björn (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 270 480
Address
Via Balbi 5
16126 Genova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paolo Blondeaux (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 156 900
Address
Richmond Street 16
G1 1XQ Glasgow
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Gregory (Mr.)
CANAL DE EXPERIENCIAS HIDRODINAMICAS DE EL PARDO
Spain
EU contribution
€ 126 615
Address
Carretera De La Sierra
28048 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
José Luis Borreguero (Mr.)
CENTRUM TECHNIKI OKRETOWEJ SA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 50 042
Address
Ul Szczecinska 65
80 392 Gdansk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mateusz Weryk (Mr.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 87 853
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Cees Klepper (Mr.)
TOTALFORSVARETS FORSKNINGSINSTITUT
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 186 373
Address
Gullfossgatan 6
164 90 Stockholm
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Peter Sigray (Prof.)
Community of European Shipyards Associations asbl
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 42 480
Address
Rue Marie De Bourgogne 52
1000 Brussels
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Lanfranco Benedetti (Mr.)