Applicability: Shipbuilders, shipowners and companies involved in noise surveys.
The IMO Code on Noise Levels On Board Ships (the ‘2012 Noise Code’) entered into force on 1 July, 2014, under new SOLAS regulation II-1/3-12*. The Code’s requirements apply to all vessels of 1,600 gt and above where:
- the building contract is signed on or after 1 July, 2014, or
- in the absence of a building contract, the keel is laid or at a similar stage of construction on or after 1 January, 2015, or
- the delivery date is on or after 1 July, 2018.
The code requires that a noise survey is conducted when the vessel is on its sea trials and that a report demonstrating compliance with the code is compiled and kept on board the vessel, and is easily accessible by the crew.
For further guidance, please see from LR: Guidance for Shipowners on Conducting Noise Surveys.
Further details of the Code’s requirements can be found in Annex 1 of Resolution MSC.337(91).
*The IMO 2012 Noise Code was adopted by IMO Resolution MSC.337(91). SOLAS regulation II-1/3-12 was adopted by Resolution MSC.338(91).