Noise issues for residents in the vicinity of South Hook LNG
Last Updated 14:23 on 1st October 2011
Are you affected by droning, vibration, and thumping engine noise?
If you are, it is probably being caused by Q-Flex and Q-Max LNG Ships berthed at the South Hook LNG Terminal Jetty.
It would appear that the elevated levels of noise which has been causing most problems is from the lower end of the spectrum (i.e. low frequency). This type of noise can travel long distances, and not be audible near the source.
It is apparent we are faced with significant issues regarding the visits of Qatragas Q-Flex and Q-Max vessels. Pembrokeshire County Council Port Health Noise Complaint Statistics reflect this claim.
The noise issues we suffer can cause disturbance and/or annoyance both indoors and outdoors. Sound enters buildings through their structure, through open windows, or can be generated inside the building.
The level at which noise constitutes a "nuisance" is not quantified by legislation, which requires that to be a nuisance it must spoil the "use" or "enjoyment" of your residence. That is up to the judgement of a reasonable and independent person, and for that purpose the Pembrokeshire County Council Port Health Officers are deemed acceptable.
Environmental Protection Act 1990
The Environmental Protection Act 1990 stipulates that any legal action can only be taken on individual vessels. It is therefore particularly useful to register a complaint on EACH occasion a vessel causes you disturbance, as the Port Health Team has to assess each ship in isolation when it arrives at South Hook. It is also useful for a Officer of the Port Health Team to personally witness the disturbance.
We, as a community, need to ensure that all ships which are likely to visit South Hook LNG Terminal have exhaust silencers fitted so we can again return the surrounding areas to the quiet and peaceful places they used to be.
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