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 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 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.

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