On the 15th of June 2021 Anchor Life took part in the webinar about the results obtained from the innovative actions taken to reduce the noise impact in ports of the Mediterranean and Tyrrhenian area. The Interreg Maritime Italy – France Programme financed six projects to develop a recovery strategy, promote collaboration between port stakeholders and achieve the common goal of more sustainable and environmentally friendly ports.

Anchor Life, specifically, presented the hypothetical benefits and results of the acoustic mitigation interventions obtained through a simulation made through software dedicated to calculate acoustic benefits in the port area of Livorno. The process consists of inserting the current noise data into the system along with the hypothetical acoustic mitigation interventions; after that, the output data are analyzed to evaluate the benefits and the outcomes. It was also pointed out how important it is to map the area to identify the noise sources and the impact they have on the territory nearby.

One of project discussed during the webinar is the Rumble project, which aims at the control and reduction of noise coming from the large commercial ports, in this case Cagliari, Genoa, Nice, and Livorno. In particular, are shown the results obtained in the ports of Portoferraio and Livorno after the noise mitigation interventions were carried out, like for example, the low noise asphalt with a rubber finish in the landing dock of Portoferraio. An analysis of noise emission at the docks, in fact, showed that the descending of the vehicles to the ground, cause a swing of the tailgate that impacts on the steel flooring, producing significant impulsive components.

Emphasis was also placed on the conservation and protection of species, which is a priority in the coastal areas and small islands of the Mediterranean, because it is important to adapt these territories to climate changes, in order to mitigate the impact of ports on the maritime ecosystem. It is not only about the noise pollution, it is about the life in the ports that should be clean energy generators and not just consumers.

As we speak, Life remains the only project in Europe dedicated to protecting the environment, it is not only a programme of experimentation and innovative actions, but also of creating European policies and practices that can support the ecological transition. It is important to involve private and public institutions.