Underwater radiated noise


BIMCO's position on "underwater radiated noise" has been approved by the BIMCO Board of Directors.


Underwater radiated noise and its impact on the marine environment are not yet covered by IMO regulations, but guidelines on reducing underwater radiated noise from commercial shipping have been adopted (MSC.1/Circ.833). 

BIMCO’s position

  • BIMCO will take the lead in formulating a common industry position on the facilitation of reducing underwater radiated noise from ships to ensure that any future targets are based on solid research on the impact on marine life.
  • BIMCO supports the IMO guidelines on the reduction of underwater radiated noise from commercial shipping.
  • BIMCO believes that mandatory requirements to minimise noise from ships should apply only to new ships.
  • BIMCO supports a holistic view so as to ensure that any measures to reduce underwater radiated noise are balanced against potentially increased air emissions.


Rasmus Nord Jorgensen
in Copenhagen, DK


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