Noise level on ships


Published: 11 August 2014

The regulation

Under the revised SOLAS Regulation II-1/3-12, the IMO "Noise Level Code" has come into force as of 1 July 2014. This follows the adoption of the Code in Resolution MSC.337(91) on 30 November 2012.

Pursuant to these new rules the Code will apply to all vessels of 1,600 gt or more which:

  1. are built under a contract signed after 1 July 2014
  2. with the keel laid after 1 January 2015
  3. are on a delivery date on or after 1 July 2018

Under the Code there is provision for noise survey reports, guidance on noise issues for SMS, as well suggestions for dealing with noise issues on board vessels.

The intention is to provide safer and more healthy work places for crew. Specifically to assist in clear communication and the recognising of alarms, protect seafarers hearing and to ensure seafarers can have a minimum level of comfort for their rest times.

Loss prevention

Noise on board vessels, as well as ambient noise when in port, can have a significant impact on the quality of rest for seafarers. Whether seafarers get enough rest, specifically "sound" sleep is essential to avoiding fatigue related issues and ensuring a safe working environment.

The Association has just published a loss prevention article focusing on the issue of seafarer fatigue.