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Polar Code

I​​​​​​​​MO has adopted the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code)​ and related amendments to make it mandatory under both the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).

The Polar Code entered into force on 1 January 2017. This marks an historic milestone in the Organization’s work to protect ships and people aboard them, both seafarers and passengers, in the harsh environment of the waters surrounding the two poles.

June 2017 To help you prepare and comply with the Polar Code, DNV-GL have created dedicated web pages containing all the details and requirements as well as a 32-page guidance paper for download.

May 2017 The International Maritime Organization released a new video explaining the significance of the Polar Code and its impact on shipping. See the video HERE

December 2016 - DNV GL issued guidance on how to comply with the Code and notes that the safety part of the Polar Code applies to ships certified under SOLAS, i.e. cargo ships of 500 GT or more and to all passenger ships.

Lloyd’s Register offers compliance support and an interactive guidance tool for the Polar Code. The class society notes that Part IIA of the Code contains requirements that can usually be met with shipboard operations. Operators of ships and offshore assets in polar waters should ensure that existing procedures and manuals are updated to reflect Polar Code requirements by January 1, 2017.

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