The IMO Code on Noise Levels On Board Ships (the ‘2012 Noise Code’) entered into force on 1 July, 2014. 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.