Whalesafe is a three-year conservation project co-funded by the European Union through the Life + program, which sees a partnership composed of University of Genoa, Costa Edutainment, Maritime Directorate of Genoa, the Harbour of Savona and Softeco Sismat. The system consists of four technology buoys, powered by renewable energy sources, equipped with hydrophones to listen to the clicks of the whales that make it possible to trace the submarine routes of cetaceans in the sea in front of the ports of Savona and Vado. Via a WiFi connection will be able to monitor in real time the movement of cetaceans and therefore determine the possible risks of collision with boats in the area.
In addition to the system monitoring and reporting, it is developing a protocol of conduct to reduce the risk of disorder and collision that, thanks to collaboration of the Coast Guard of Savona, it will be presented and discussed with shipping companies, agencies, yacht clubs. Upon receipt of warning messages, ships present in the area will be invited to follow the protocol and the Coast Guard will check its respect.