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Achieve QUieter Oceans by shipping noise footprint reduction

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 314227

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2012

  • End date

    30 September 2015

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 199 734,70

  • EU contribution

    € 2 999 571

Coordinated by:

NAVAL GROUP

France

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.

Coordinator

NAVAL GROUP

Address

Rue Du Docteur Finlay 40-42
75015 Paris

France

Activity type

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

BUREAU VERITAS - REGISTRE INTERNATIONAL DE CLASSIFICATION DE NAVIRES ET D'AERONEFS

France

EU Contribution

€ 180 217

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 413 315

QUIET OCEANS SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 264 249

SSPA SWEDEN AB.

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 364 308

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 270 480

UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 156 900

CANAL DE EXPERIENCIAS HIDRODINAMICAS DE EL PARDO

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 126 615

CENTRUM TECHNIKI OKRETOWEJ SA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 50 042

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 87 853

TOTALFORSVARETS FORSKNINGSINSTITUT

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 186 373

Community of European Shipyards Associations asbl

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 42 480

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 314227

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2012

  • End date

    30 September 2015

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 199 734,70

  • EU contribution

    € 2 999 571

Coordinated by:

NAVAL GROUP

France