IMO has adopted the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code) which is expected to enter into force on the 1st January 2017. This marks an historic milestone in the protection of ships and both seafarers and passengers, in the harsh environment of the waters surrounding the two poles.
The diagram below demonstrated the safety requirements of the Polar Code:
Whilst the below illustrates the environmental requirements of the Polar Code:
For more information on this, visit the IMO website here.