Acoustical Experience: Ports

About This Project

We have worked with ports and port tenants on numerous projects. Our experience includes baseline, construction and post-construction noise and vibration monitoring programs, comprehensive noise modelling, vibration prediction and impact assessment to recognized standards, the design of noise and vibration controls for both the workplace and the community, and public engagement.


Cascadia Grain Terminals

Vancouver, BC
Comprehensive noise and vibration survey performed in mill with noise management plan provided and vibration controls recommended to reduce whole body vibration. Noise diagnostics and mitigation provided for fan/blower using FFT to identify problem unit and reduce tone in community.


Centerm Alarms Noise Assessment

Vancouver, BC
BKL was retained by the Port in response to complaints by residents adjacent to Centerm of excessive noise from equipment alarms. Unattended noise monitors were set up to record both noise data and audio files, which permitted identification and assessment of alarm and other terminal noise.


Deltaport Container Terminal 3rd Berth Project

Delta, BC
BCEAA/CEAA Review for the proposed 3rd Berth. Noise monitoring undertaken and noise impacts from construction and operation of the proposed 3rd Berth were predicted. BKL participated in public consultation and preparation of the EA report for submission to regulatory agencies. BKL also conducted four weeks of continuous noise monitoring during construction for the purpose of investigating residents’ complaints of noise from dredging. The study included interviews and meeting with complainants, tracking of ship movements and weather conditions and analysis of noise measurement data, including recorded audio files.


Deltaport Shipboard Generator Noise Assessment

Tsawwassen, BC
In response to complaints from Tsawwassen residents of low frequency noise from shipboard generators at Deltaport, BKL was retained by Terminal Systems Incorporated (TSI) to investigate the problem. BKL carried out several weeks of noise monitoring at a beach-side residence in Tsawwassen and instructed a TSI staff member on how to measure the near-field noise emitted from all visiting ships throughout the monitoring period. Results were then correlated according to time and frequency spectra.


Deltaport Terminal Road & Rail Improvement Project

Delta, BC
Noise and vibration assessment of upgraded road and rail infrastructure for CEAA permit application. Included extensive noise and vibration monitoring (up to 14 days) at sensitive receptors, construction and operations noise and vibration prediction, effects assessments and public consultation.


Lafarge Batch Plant Project

Vancouver, BC
Noise assessment of waterfront sites proposed for concrete batch plant using detailed noise source measurements, community baseline measurements and detailed predictions using a Cadna/A noise model.


Low Level Road Project

North Vancouver, BC
Preliminary and detailed design, environmental noise and vibration impact assessments and noise mitigation design for road and rail project. Included baseline monitoring, detailed Cadna/A computer modelling to assess impacts at 100+ residences and to design noise mitigation, and extensive public consultation.


Neptune Bulk Terminals (NBT) Improvements Project

North Vancouver, BC
Comprehensive noise source measurements, Cadna/A model and noise impact assessment to cover environmental permit applications for three major NBT projects, followed by noise mitigation design engineering during the detailed design phase.


Philip Avenue Overpass Project

North Vancouver, BC
Noise assessment for new overpass eliminating train whistling. Noise barrier design for shunting yard using Cadna/A and sound source height determination using Norsonic 848 Acoustic Camera system with 256 microphones.


Port of Vancouver Noise Monitoring Program

BKL is currently working with the Port to manage their permanent noise monitoring terminals (NMTs). This includes analysis of trends, events and reporting. Previously, BKL helped select appropriate NMT locations along the new Low Level Road, including one temporary location during construction. Detailed analyses were performed at each site to determine automatic triggers that could be set during implementation phase.


Port of Vancouver Noise & Nuisance Management and Monitoring Plans

In partnership with the Port’s environment and communications staff, BKL developed two comprehensive guidelines to help the Port manage noise and nuisances in its four major trade areas. Included in-person interviews with Port tenants to better understand Port operations and constraints.


Richardson Terminal Grain Storage Project

North Vancouver, BC
Included extended baseline noise monitoring program, detailed noise source measurements and analyses, detailed Cadna/A model development, analysis of noise mitigation alternatives, extensive reporting and public consultation to support environmental permit application.


Schnitzer Metal Shredder Project

Surrey, BC
Detailed noise source and noise receiver measurements, Cadna/A model development, noise impact assessment and noise mitigation recommendations for environmental permit application. Postconstruction noise monitoring showed that resulting noise levels achieved goals and did not exceed predicted levels.


South Shore Corridor Improvement Project

Vancouver, BC
Road and rail noise impact assessment at 100+ residences due to increased traffic with new overpass and track expansion, with baseline monitoring and Cadna/A modelling, followed by detailed noise source mitigation investigations.


Vancouver Airport Fuel Delivery Facility Project

Richmond, BC
BKL assessed potential noise impacts from a proposed marine terminal, fuel transfer facilities and pipeline to be built on the Fraser River in Richmond and helped to prepare the noise component of the Canada Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) certificate application.


VanTerm Alarms Noise Assessment

Vancouver, BC
In response to residents’ complaints, BKL performed attended and unattended measurements on both sides of Burrard Inlet to rate alarm noise. Truck cab measurements were performed and a Cadna/A model was developed to investigate noise control options while addressing safety concerns.

Ports & Marine
Baseline Noise Monitoring, BCEAA, Cadna/A Noise Modelling, CEAA, Construction Noise Monitoring, Construction Vibration Monitoring, Environmental Noise Impact Assessment, Environmental Vibration Impact Assessment, First Nations, Government, Noise & Vibration Management Plans, Noise Mitigation Design, Permitting, Post-Construction Monitoring, Third Party Review