Towards human-oriented norms: investigating the effects of noise exposure on board ships

Rafet Emek Kurt, Ismail Hakki Helvacioglu, Osman Turan

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With current trends showing a decrease in crew numbers on board ships together with increased operational demands as well as increased paperwork, crew fatigue and comfort has become more critical and recently been given more importance. It is known that environmental factors have an effect on crew comfort and performance. The two outstanding environmental factors which exist in the shipboard environment are ship motions and noise, moreover, in these two areas the findings and lessons learnt from other industrial sectors are considered to be less relevant. Therefore, it was necessary to conduct research to understand the effects of these factors, so that, the lessons learnt can be integrated into design process in order to eliminate the adverse effects of the aforementioned two factors during operation. Due to having more obvious performance outcomes ship motions and motion sickness research attracted more interest where human response to noise have been neglected so far. Therefore, this paper reports the findings of research study which investigated the current levels of crew noise exposure through field studies. Furthermore, developed human response models to noise on board ships and SILENV green label noise standards will also be introduced in comparison with current normative framework.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2014
EventA. Yucel Odabasi Colloquium Series
: 1st International Meeting on Propeller Noise and Vibration
- Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 6 Nov 20147 Nov 2014


ConferenceA. Yucel Odabasi Colloquium Series
Abbreviated titleAYOCOL 2014


  • noise on board ships
  • SILENV Project
  • shipping noise
  • noise exposure
  • seafarers
  • IMO noise code


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