Statutory Alert: Entry into force of the Code on Noise Levels On Board Ships.


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).

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