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Suppression Of underwater Noise Induced by Cavitation

Objective

The aim of the SONIC project is to develop tools to investigate and mitigate the effects of underwater noise generated by shipping, both in terms of the footprint of an individual ship (a “noise footprint”) and of the spatial distribution of sound from a large number of ships contribution to the sound (a “noise map”). The project`s first objective is to enhance the understanding of noise generated by a cavitating ship propeller. The second objective is to validate predictions of noise levels for individual ships, and to classify ships based on simplified noise models. SONIC’s third objective is to map the noise generated by shipping in general and to propose mitigation measures for quietening the oceans.
From studies in marine biology it is known that the behaviour of large sea mammals as well as fish can be influenced by background noise. Cavitation of ship propellers has been identified as a main source of this background noise. The EU requires Member States to demonstrate that levels of underwater noise do not harm marine life. It is believed that cavitation noise from shipping traffic is largely responsible for low frequency ambient noise,a need has arisen for an improved understanding of the correlation between cavitation and background noise in the seas.
The EU has set out on improving the environment within its member states by adopting the Good Environmental Status. This has been further defined in the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, in which it describes descriptors for measuring the environmental status. One of these descriptors is the underwater noise linked to among others maritime transport. It is stated that the reduction of underwater noise will be a measure for the improvement of the environment. SONIC will deliver the technical knowledge required for mapping, measuring and mitigating noise from shipping. The results of the SONIC project will contribute to quieting the oceans and improving the well-being of marine life.
The SONIC consortium consists of world-leading hydrodynamic institutes, noise experts, propeller designers, reputable universities with specialised centres in this field, major European shipyards, and a class society; bringing together a wealth of knowledge on propeller cavitation and noise reduction. Interaction with the marine biology network has been established by obtaining necessary input to the project from renowned institutes in the field of marine biology. Furthermore, the consortium will aim for an open Advisory Board, consisting of a wide range of experts from the marine and maritime research communities, including members of the MARCOM+ forum.
The SONIC project will be executed in close co-operation with the AQUO project, by sharing data, organising combined workshops and dissemination activities, and by joining forces on developing guidelines for industry and regulations.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/zoology/mammalogy
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/marine biology
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2012-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

STICHTING MARITIEM RESEARCH INSTITUUT NEDERLAND
Address
Haagsteeg 2
6708 PM Wageningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 506 500
Administrative Contact
Henk Jurrien Prins (Dr.)

Participants (12)

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 300 628
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alessandra Croserio (Dr.)
HAMBURGISCHE SCHIFFBAU-VERSUCHSANSTALT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 281 777
Address
Bramfelder Strasse 164
22305 Hamburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Imke Michelsen (Ms.)
NAVANTIA S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 109 996
Address
Calle Velazquez 132
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jorge Quiroga (Mr.)
KONGSBERG MARITIME SWEDEN AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 160 150
Address
Batbyggarevagen 1
681 29 Kristinehamn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Oliver Lane (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 286 404
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yan Qiao (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 264 750
Address
Kings Gate
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nicola Dolman (Ms.)
WARTSILA ITALIA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 80 896
Address
Bagnoli Della Rosandra
34018 San Dorligo Della Valle
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sebastiaan Bleuanus (Mr.)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 408 806
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Toon Beeks (Mr.)
ARTTIC
France
EU contribution
€ 202 746
Address
Rue Du Dessous Des Berges 58A
75013 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eric Papon (Dr.)
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 175 500
Address
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41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Birgitta Oscár (Ms.)
CETENA S.p.A. Centro per gli Studi di Tecnica Navale
Italy
EU contribution
€ 126 101
Address
Via Ippolito D'aste 5
16121 Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marco Schembri (Mr.)
DNV GL SE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 95 718
Address
Brooktorkai 18
20457 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Koopmann (Mr.)