The aim of the SONIC project is to develop tools to investigate and mitigate the effects of underwater noise generated by shipping. The project’s first objective is to enhance the understanding of noise generated by a cavitating ship propeller. The second objective is to validate predictions of noise levels for individual ships, and to classify ships based on simplified noise models. The third objective is to map the noise generated by shipping in general and to propose mitigation measures for quietening the oceans.
The SONIC consortium is made of 14 partners from 7 countries which include France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom and includes: Europe's largest hydrodynamic research institutes, leading shipyard companies, the world’s largest propeller manufacturers, a major maritime classification organisation and influential research organisations.