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July 27, 2015

Green Marine to support Transport Canada with underwater noise insight

Green Marine has secured a contract from Transport Canada to provide insight on underwater noise generated by shipping and its effects on marine life.

By Samseer M

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Green Marine has secured a contract from Transport Canada to provide insight on underwater noise generated by shipping and its effects on marine life.

This nine-month contract also covers the delivery of potential solutions.

Canada Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said: "I am pleased to announce Transport Canada’s support of this project."

"The report that will be presented by Green Marine will help us to make informed decisions on how to minimise the underwater impacts of our marine transportation system."

The new development will offer detailed information about underwater noise, including the various techniques for measurement, its impacts on marine life, internationally accepted mitigation measures and their effectiveness.

Moreover, it will provide information such as the current and expected regulations and/or guidelines pertaining to underwater noise and existing as well as pending research for addressing the identified issues.

Green Marine executive director David Bolduc said: "This agreement is a logical next step following the memorandum of cooperation that Green Marine and Transport Canada signed in 2012.

"We share the goal of enhancing environmental protection and performance in the marine shipping sector and we found a concrete way to collaborate in that regard with this project"

"We share the goal of enhancing environmental protection and performance in the marine shipping sector and we found a concrete way to collaborate in that regard with this project."

As part of this project, Green Marine will conduct a preliminary survey on noise impacts and it is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

The submission of the final report is scheduled in March next year.


Image: Green Marine will provide detailed information about underwater noise to Transport Canada. Photo: courtesy of Green Marine.

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