Polar code- update
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.
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The International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters ("the Polar Code") was adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on15th May 2015.
The Polar Code is expected to take effect on 1 January 2017 via amendments to the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) and MARPOL (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Conventions. The Polar Code also includes recommendations and guidelines relating to the mandatory portions of the Code.
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