(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Maritime New Zealand has made available a publication: Guidelines for fishing vessels in polar waters. These guidelines offer advice for operators of fishing vessels of 24 metres in length or more that operate in polar waters but which are not certified under the SOLAS Convention 1974. These guidelines are modelled on and clarify the IMO’s International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (‘Polar Code’).
The Polar Code is not mandatory for fishing vessels (or other non-SOLAS ships). However, non-SOLAS ships are operating with increasing frequency in polar waters – they are vulnerable to the same risks as SOLAS ships, such as:
- accidents or incidents that could cause serious injury or loss of life, and
- damage to, or loss of, the vessel.
Applying these voluntary guidelines will help operators of non-SOLAS ships in polar waters to safely navigate and manage the risks to their vessels, the people on board, systems and
operations, and ensure they achieve the same level of safety as SOLAS vessels operating in
For more details, download the guidance below:
Source: Maritime New Zealand
Guide: The International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters
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