Monitoring port noise levels to reduce community impact
Port Metro Vancouver sought to enhance community relations by better monitoring and management of its noise impact. Here’s how they did it
Port Metro Vancouver sought to enhance community relations by better monitoring and management of its noise impact. As Canada’s largest and busiest port, it’s critical that it maintains maximum operations and business growth while transparently communicating and engaging with the public.
For several years, complaints about noise from the port have increased. There was a clear need to better identify noise sources, record noise events, generate reports, and effectively communicate this information to the community.
Port Metro Vancouver subscribed to Brüel & Kjær’s Noise Sentinel managed service. This monitors noise, tracks trends, and records other noise in the vicinity. Moreover, it can differentiate between true “port noise” and noise from other community sources. This web-based, managed service streams data 24 hours a day and is publicly available on the internet.
The port’s relationship with the community is improving – even as they continue to grow. This is due to the transparency provided by the system, which is much appreciated by neighbours impacted by operations. Also, port terminal operators are becoming more educated about their own noise levels and are taking steps to minimize their contributions.