IMO - Shipping in polar waters


IMO - Shipping in polar waters

Uploaded at February 16, 2016 by ECGF TRAINING NETWORK
Maritime search and rescue, Maritime environmental protection and response, Maritime safety, including vessel traffic management
Adoption of an international code of safety for ships operating in polar waters (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 is expected to enter 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. 

​The Polar Code and SOLAS amendments were adopted during the 94th session of IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), in November 2014; the environmental provisions and MARPOL amendments were adopted during the 68th session of the Marine​ Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) in May 2015.

 The following infographic illustrates the safety requirements of the Polar Code

The following infographic illustrates the environmental requirements of the Polar Code

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