ONEX Peace, an Aframax tanker built by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, has become the world’s first merchant vessel to receive DNV’s SILENT-E notation.
It’s known to us, that human marine enterprises are impacted by noise pollution where sound waves disturb communication with subsea equipment. Low-frequency sound waves adversely affect the behaviour and communication of marine life such as dolphins and whale species.
The SILENT-E notation ensures ships do not exceed average-to-moderate underwater noise levels. Vessels with this notation have the ability, to minimise their impact on marine life and document noise performance for authorities, or those requiring proof of noise emissions for transit through vulnerable areas.
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Gemma McQueen, director of corporate communications at ONEX, commented: “ONEX Peace may be a competitive ship which will operate in waters with strict regulations without disrupting the sea’s ecosystem. This proven low noise technology will create the potential to deliver improved operational performance, expand operational routes, and enhance environmental management of the ship.”
Ports in Canada offers attractive port fee reductions, to vessels complying with eco-friendly underwater noise standards. The ONEX Peace, after the DNV SILENT-E class notation, becomes one of the world’s first vessel, to meet the Canadian requirements for port fee reductions.