144/17/Gen.Inf. Polar Code: Pollution Prevention Measures Overview

Polar Code has been developed since 2009 for the safety of ships operating in the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans, which is known as polar waters, and protection of the environment of polar waters, taking into account growing global interest in development of the Arctic sea route and expansion of passenger ships’ navigation areas. As a result, safety measures in Part I of the Code, pollution prevention measure in Part II of the Code and amendments to SOLAS, STCW and MARPOL to make the Code mandatory were adopted.

Part II sets out pollution prevention measures. Documents such as Oil Record Book, SOPEP and others on board the existing ships are to be revised taking into account operation in polar waters and Occasional Survey of existing ship to confirm the documents for compliance with Part II is to be carried out prior to entering polar waters on or after 1 January 2017.
Although the item relating to Polar Code is added to the form of IOPP Supplement (Form A, Form B) on 1 January 2017 in accordance with the Resolution MEPC.265(68), the IOPP Certificate is not necessary to be rewritten at Occasional Survey of Existing Vessels for compliance with Part II to comply with Polar Code (in other words, the current IOPP Certificate is valid board until expired) based on MEPC.1 / Circ.856, unless so instructed by the flag Administration, ClassNK informs.

Application for Pollution Prevention Measures
* New Ships: On or after 1 January 2017
* Existing Ships: On or after 1 January 2017

Also view related IMO Infographic illustrating what the Polar Code means for the environment

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Thank you & Best Regards,

Eng. Dimitrios Nikolaos Spanos
Lead Maritime Auditor / Principal Surveyor
Member of IRCA, IIMS, ELINT, HELMEPA & Nautical Institute

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