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SNAME ECS: Mitigation of Vessel Underwater Radiated Noised)


"Mitigation of Vessel Underwater Radiated Noise"
Presenter: Mrs. Abigail Fyfe

Abby studied at the Marine Institute in St. John’s and the University of Southampton in the UK and is a career public servant, having spent about 13 years with Transport Canada as a Safety Inspector and about the same amount of time with the Transportation Safety Board as an Accident Investigator. ‎Abby joined the recently-created Transport Canada Innovation Centre in May of this year as a Research and Development Officer with primary focus on projects aimed at reducing underwater radiated noise emissions from vessels.


Intro to the TC Innovation Centre – this short presentation will introduce the recently formed Innovation Centre at Transport Canada, including the focus areas for research in the Marine RD&D program and some past and on going projects.

Mitigation of Vessel Underwater Radiated Noise – Underwater radiated noise (URN) from vessels may have short and long termed effects on marine mammals. In Canada, there are 3 populations of at-risk whale species that are currently threatened by over-exposure to anthropogenic noise, including vessel URN. Most notable of these is the Southern Resident Killer Whale whose critical habitat is in the Salish Sea, an area that overlaps with the busy shipping lanes to and from the Port of Vancouver. This presentation will give background on the issue of URN in general and in Canada specifically; an overview of previous initiatives and standards issued by the IMO and others; ongoing work being supported by Transport Canada, and future plans and projects to mitigate the effect of ships on marine mammals both at home in Canada and internationally.


Tue, 13 November 2018

6:30 PM – 9:30 PM EST


HMCS Bytown Wardroom

78 Lisgar Street

Ottawa, ON K2P 0C



17:00 – Deacon Brodies for Meal
18:30 – Networking
19:00 – Section’s updates
19:45 – Short Break 
20:00 – Presentation 
21:00 – Networking
22:00 – Meeting end time