New rules on noise pollution from ships
Low-frequency noise from ships has been a longstanding problem for residents living near harbours.
After years of campaigns and political effort, Faroese municipalities have now agreed on a set of regulations to help solve the problem.
Initially, a noise limit of 58 decibels (dB) at night and 60 dB during the day will apply. On 1 July 2023, this limit will go down to 56 dB at night and 58 dB during the day, and on 1 January 2025, the limit will be set at 54 dB/56 dB.
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The new regulations also include a provision that allows slightly higher decibel levels if many ships are docked side by side.
The limits are based on sound measurements made earlier this year.
Each municipal port authority is responsible for enforcing the new regulations. This can be done by ordering ships to change, postpone or cease noise-causing activities. Port administrators will also be authorised to order ships to leave the port.
The municipalities will not be required to accept ships that have been expelled from other ports.
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