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Polar Code may be applied to smaller Arctic vessels – Nunatsiaq News
by ahnationtalk onJune 14, 201938 Views
14 June, 2019
“We are well aware of the increased number of fishing vessels and pleasure yachts”
At a recent Arctic Council shipping forum in London, the International Marine Organization said it’s looking at expanding the Polar Code to smaller vessels.
“The entry into force of the Polar Code marked only the first phase of our effort to protect the pristine Arctic and Antarctic environments,” said IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim to the recent Arctic Council shipping forum, held in London in early June.
The IMO, a United Nations agency responsible for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution, is now putting attention on vessels that fall outside its mandatory regulatory regime, due to their size, Kim said.