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PortCastelló prepares a strategic noise map

22 November 2022

The Castellón Port Authority has drawn up a Strategic Noise Map (MER) whose objective is to provide a diagnosis of noise pollution from the port.

The measurements began in February of this year and the results reveal that the acoustic quality objectives established in the current regulations and guidelines are being met.

The strategic noise map of the port of Castellón has made it possible to evaluate noise pollution in its surroundings, monitor the evolution of noise, assess its condition and adopt action plans with appropriate corrective measures to reduce the noise impact in the event that it would have been necessary

The global evaluation of noise levels in the port of Castellón and its surroundings has been carried out by studying the different sources of noise, such as road traffic, entry and exit of vehicles, and machinery used in port facilities such as cranes, belts, hoppers or shovels.

Subsequently, the measurement has been carried out at fifty points distributed throughout the port area in different time slots, finally applying an acoustic software recommended by the directive to predict the distribution of the levels generated by the sources in their areas of influence.

It must be remembered that compliance with noise pollution requirements and the preparation of a noise map is one of the requirements of the international standard ISO 14001.

The objective now of the Port Authority of Castellón is to carry out new samplings and measurements in the event that the current circumstances change, such as the installation of new industries.

The president of this organization, Rafa Simó, has insisted on the importance of being “the best ally of our environment and that is why it was a priority objective for us to know the acoustic footprint of port activity in order to identify noise levels , assess their condition and plan the activity and future developments of the port of Castellón”.

Rafa Simó has highlighted the contribution of the port of Castellón with this Strategic Noise Map (MER) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), specifically, to SDG 11, ‘Sustainable cities and communities’, given that the Noise Map is a firm commitment to ensure the quality of life in the environment in which PortCastelló is located.

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