What has been done so far?
Updated 2nd October 2011 at 20:42 GMT
Following local residents complaints regarding noise issues from vessels, the ships' operating company has appointed noise consultants to assess the impact posed by vessels in the Qatargas fleet.
This is done by undertaking sound level monitoring of the vessels both at Fujairah, United Arab Emirates and, for the ships which had visited the South Hook Terminal, at South Hook LNG Terminal Jetty.
Improved Diesel Generator Exhaust System Silencers Fitted
As a result of these assessments, a small number of Q-Flex vessels of a particular design and construction were identified and prioritised for upgrading, in two phases.
On the 31st June 2010, Qatargas made a press release confirming the completion of the eight Q-Flex vessel upgrades, and announced a further six Q-Max vessels were also being upgraded, in a third phase - all of which have visited South Hook in the past.
These upgrades were completed in mid-July 2010.
This was re-iterated by a press release from South Hook LNG press release on the 1st July 2010.
15th Vessel Upgraded?
In more recent correspondence from South Hook LNG Terminal Company and Pembrokeshire County Council Port Health, it has been stated that 15 vessels have had upgrade works carried out. We have requested on a number of occasions that South Hook LNG Terminal identifies the 15th vessel which has been upgraded, but it seems as if they do not wish to do so.
Different Upgrade – Greater Complaints
Four vessels which were also still being built at the time of the initial 14 vessels to be upgraded with improved silencers in Early-Mid 2010, the Samsung Heavy Industries Q-Max ships, the 'Aamira', 'Shagra', 'Rasheeda' and 'Zarga' also received upgrade work to their engine silencers (although of a different type to the silencers fitted to the original fifteen ships) result in a greater number of complaints on average to the Port Health Team and Pembrokeshire County Council, compared to those vessels which have had no upgrade work at all. The majority of the Statutory Noise Nuisances witnessed by Port Health Officers from Pembrokeshire County Council is from these ships. To see the latest records of statutory nuisances we have obtained under the Freedom of Information Act from Pembrokeshire County Council, click here.
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