ONEX Peace, an Aframax tanker built by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, has become the world’s first merchant ship to receive DNV’s SILENT-E notation, regarding underwater noise.
he SILENT-E notation ensures ships do not surpass average-to-moderate Underwater Radiation Noise (URN) levels. Vessels with this notation can reduce their impact on marine life and document noise performance for authorities, or those requiring proof of noise emissions for transit through vulnerable areas.
ONEX Peace is a competitive ship that can operate in waters with strict regulations without disrupting the sea’s ecosystem. This proven low noise technology will create the capability to deliver improved operational performance, expand operational routes, and enhance environmental management of the ship
said Gemma McQueen, Director of Corporate Communications at ONEX DMCC Dubai UAE.
In addition, Won-Ho Joo, Senior Executive Vice President, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), noted that the company will strengthen research and development on low-noise and green ships to ensure competitiveness in the future eras of eco-friendly ships.
In the same wavelength, Booki Kim, President of Korea Research Institute of Ships & Ocean Engineering (KRISO), added that they will support the industry by continuously developing eco-friendly and low-noise ship-related technologies that proactively respond to IMO environmental regulations.
DNV, HHI and KRISO are also conducting a joint research project on measuring and evaluating underwater radiation noise. As part of the study, the parties conducted the underwater noise measurement and analysis of the ONEX Peace.
By receiving the notation, ONEX and HHI are demonstrating that they are looking to stake a step ahead in working to minimize the impact of shipping on the environment. This is becoming increasingly important for stakeholders at all levels of the value chain, and we hope that the awarding of this notation is another important milestone that will help to raise standards in shipping to the next level
Vidar Dolonen, DNV Regional Manager for Korea and Japan, concluded.