Polar Shipping Update - Canada Adopts the Polar Code
We are pleased to report that Canada has at the end of last year adopted the Polar Code, annexing the same by way of'The Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations'
, to its 'CANADA SHIPPING ACT' 2001', 'ARCTIC WATERS POLLUTION PREVENTION ACT'.
The Regulations are now in force in Canada. Please find attached a link to the same published in theCanada Gazette
Members are kindly also invited to visit thepolar page
on the UK P&I Club's website for additional information on the Polar Code and other treaties and articles providing guidelines for trading to the Poles.
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Canada is a federal state, in which law-making powers of the central (federal) Parliament and of each of the ten provinces are exclusive and respectively sovereign, and are assigned to one or other of the levels of government essentially according to subject-matter. Most particularly, the power to make laws in relation to "navigation and shipping" is assigned exclusively to the federal Parliament, and scope of this power is interpreted to include matters of contract, tort and agency "integrally connected with maritime matters ... in the modern context of commerce and shipping".
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.
The International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters ("the Polar Code") was adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on15th May 2015.
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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.