Code adopted for ships operating in polar waters

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Arctic Polar ice rim. UN Photo/Mark Garten

A code that will protect seafarers and passengers in ships sailing in polar waters has been adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The Polar Code covers all aspects of design, construction, search and rescue and environmental protocols and equipment relevant to ships operating in waters surrounding the two poles.

The potential hazards of sailing in Arctic and Antarctic waters, include the danger of ice floes , the regions' remoteness and rapidly changing and severe weather conditions.

The code supplements existing international rules that govern ships around the world, no matter their location.

It's expected the Polar Code will enter into force on 1 January 2017.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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