Legal briefing from the UK P&I Club regarding the Polar Code

This briefing is one of a continuing series which aims to share the legal expertise within the Club with its Members. A significant proportion of the expertise in the Managers’ offices around the world consists of lawyers who can advise Members on general P&I related legal, contractual and documentary issues. The International Code for Ships Operating…

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New training requirements for seafarers in the Arctic finalised by the IMO

The IMO has now agreed on training requirements for seafarers navigating Arctic and Antarctic waters. The requirements are to enhance safety of navigation in polar areas and to ensure that the crew is prepared for the special conditions. More specifically, this means that masters and navigating officers must complete special training in order to navigate…

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Report: Maritime activity in US Arctic region

The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) posted the report ‘A 10-Year Projection of Maritime Activity in the U.S. Arctic Region’. The report provides estimates of vessel traffic based on modeling of current vessel activity patterns, growth potential, and vessel projection scenarios, including diversion from other routes, and oil and gas development. Click here…

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IMO adopts mandatory Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code), and related amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) to make it mandatory, marking an historic milestone in the Organization’s work to protect ships and people aboard them, both seafarers and…

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