IMO Steps Up Safety in Arctic Waters

United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) has just approved global binding regulations intending to enhance safety of navigation in polar areas. This means, inter alia, new requirements for passenger ships, Danish Maritime Authority said.

Following several years of intense negotiations, the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) approved on Tuesday, May 20th a new set of regulations on navigation in Arctic waters.

Thus, the IMO has taken a decisive step towards making the so-called Polar Code internationally binding, DMA said. The entire palette of navigation in polar areas is covered by the Polar Code – from ship design and construction, over crew training and navigation to improved coordination of search and rescue operations. The Polar Code will apply to passenger ships and cargo ships with a gross tonnage of more than 500.

”Denmark has been active in placing the Polar Code on the IMO agenda. Therefore, I am extremely pleased that – with the Polar Code – we will now enhance the safety of ships navigating Arctic and Antarctic waters.

Denmark has especially been striving to enhance the safety of especially cruise ships navigating Greenland waters. The new internationally binding regulations will also introduce a number of important measures to be taken when navigating icy waters, such as requirements for life-saving appliances and training of the crew.

This is in line with the national regulations on cruise ships around Greenland that the Danish Maritime Authority is working on”, says Deputy Director-General of the Danish Maritime Authority Francis Zachariae.

The IMO Maritime Safety Committee is expected to adopt the new regulations in the autumn of 2014. The environmental provisions in relation to navigation in polar areas will also be adopted by the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) in the autumn of 2014.

DMA, May 22, 2014

 

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