The Polar Code enters into force on 1 January 2017
The International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters ("the Polar Code") was adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on15th May 2015.
The Code will take effect on 1 January 2017, upon entry into force of the new Chapter XIV of the SOLAS Convention. The Code will apply to new ships constructed after 1 January 2017. Ships constructed before 1 January 2017 will be required to meet the relevant requirements of the Polar Code by the first intermediate or renewal survey, whichever occurs first, after 1 January 2018.
At its ninety seventh session in London from 21-25 November 2016, the IMO's Committee on Maritime Safety adopted Resolution MSC.416(97), which amends the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1987, as amended, and Resolution MSC.417(97), which amends Part A of the Seafarers' Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Code to take into account the Polar Code.
These new STCW amendments will take effect on 1 July, 2018. The amendments include transitional provisions which will allow seafarers who began their approved seagoing service in Polar Waters before 1 July 2018 to meet the alternative basic training or advanced requirements by 1 July 2020. If Members have any questions please contact your usual UK Club contact who will be happy to assist you.
Members are also referred to theUK P&I Club’s Legal Briefing
dated October 2015. For all the Club's resources on the Polar Code visit our resource pagehere
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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.
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.
Reference is made to Circulars 1/17 and 6/17 concerning developments with respect to IMO's International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship's Ballast Water and Sediments "The BWM Convention" as well as the status of the US Ballast Water Management (BWM) Regulations.