The European Commission will help fund a DCNS-led ship-oriented initiative to reduce the noise created by ships, which is seen as a key factor to reduce the ecological impact of maritime transportation.

The Solutions to Reduce Noise & Vibration (SILENV) project, which will be led by the naval defence systems company, is designed to analyse noise pollution in maritime activities and draft a proposal for an acoustic green label to identify noise limits for each type of ship.

The EU will provide €3.5m out of the total €5m budget to study the impact of shipboard noise and vibration on crews and passengers, noise pollution in port environments as well as the impact of the noise generated by maritime traffic on marine fauna.

The first phase of the 36-month project will include a survey of existing standards, regulations and analyses to refine the objectives of each area of investigation.

The data collected through SILENV will include a ship acoustic survey and the final phases will include drafting proposals for noise reduction and computer modelling of the subsequent outcomes.

A total of 14 EU countries, including Bulgaria, France, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK will participate in the DCNS-led SILENV project.