IMO Film: The Polar Code Explained

The International Maritime Organization has released a new visit explaining the significance of the Polar Code and its impact on shipping. The Polar Code entered into force on 1 January 2017, setting out mandatory standards that cover the full range of design, construction, equipment, operational, training and environmental protection matters for ships making polar voyages. … [Read more...]

IMO: Landmark ‘Polar Code’ Enters Into Force

(International Maritime Organization Newsroom) - With more and more ships navigating in polar waters, IMO has moved to address international concern about the protection of the polar environment and the safety of seafarers and passengers with the introduction of new regulations that all ships operating in these harsh and challenging waters must comply with. The … [Read more...]

Russian Shuttle Tanker Certified to IMO’s Polar Code

A Russian arctic shuttle tanker has been certified in compliance with the International Maritime Organization's upcoming Polar Code regulations for the improved safety of ships operating in the polar regions. The Shturman Albanov received a Polar Ship Certificate issued by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping on December 22, 2016 . The certificate confirms the … [Read more...]

PSV ‘Stril Polar’ is First Norwegian Vessel to Comply with New IMO Polar Code

After a successful approval process and survey, international classification society DNV GL and the Norwegian Maritime Directorate have issued the first polar ship certificate to the Norwegian platform survey vessel MV Stril Polar. The goal of the newly adopted IMO Polar Code is to ensure a minimum standard for ships entering into the Arctic waters and/or Antarctica. The … [Read more...]

Antarctica Gets Hot for Another Reason: Cruise Tourism

By Justin Bachman (Bloomberg) -- In January 1966, the first ship carrying “citizen-explorers” arrived in Antarctica. At the time, only a handful of leisure travelers had ever considered visiting the world’s most remote land mass. “I was aware that the idea of setting up tours to that frozen continent would be tangled with complications,” wrote Swedish-American … [Read more...]