Earlier this week, the city of Nice, along with a number of other French and Italian destinations, were granted approval to start a European cross-border project dubbed ‘Rumble’, which aims to minimise noise pollution in ports. A testing period will begin in January 2018 involving experiments across Europe that have been designed to seek out new solutions to preserve the quality of life of residents and visitors as well as guarantee economic attractiveness of ports.
The project is part of Nice port’s development strategy, launched last June, but is also an element of the ‘Marittimo’ European programme on a larger scale. It is hoped that the ports of Nice and Ajaccio in France – in addition to Genoa, Cagliari and Livorno in Italy – will be among the locations to test out noise reduction systems.
Christian Estrosi, the mayor of Nice, had announced in June the implementation of a sensor system to measure and regulate olfactory, atmospheric and noise pollution in the port of Nice: “230,000€ will be donated to Nice by the European Union to finance the implementation of these experiments. The means developed by the Rumble project will amplify this approach and make the port of Nice an innovative, clean and exemplary smart port at the European level,” he explained.