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New Polar Code regulations approved

WWF welcomed the approval of new Polar Code regulations at the International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s 106th session of the Maritime Safety Committee held 2-11 November 2022 in London. These new Polar Code regulations will extend the rules on navigation and voyage planning to cover fishing vessels, private yachts and smaller cargo vessels operating in Arctic waters.

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Safety measures for yachts operating in Polar waters

In May 2018, IMO MSC considered various proposals for safety measures for non-SOLAS ships operating in polar waters. Guidelines on Safety Measures were finalized by the Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction in February 2020 and were due to be adopted by MSC in May 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MSC did not meet in May 2020 and it is not known when the Guidelines on Safety Measures will be formally adopted at IMO.

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Overview of MSC 101 outcome

The IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) held its 101st session from June 5 to 14, 2019. After its conclusion, the meeting decided on many important issues during this session. Among others, these include fuel quality and safety, maritime autonomous surface ships, and the approval and adoption of various instruments.

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