MCA consultation on putting international rules (polar code) designed to protect polar regions and those that sail on them into UK law has now begun. The rules cover safety-related requirements for some of the toughest environments on earth including ship design, construction, and equipment as well as the protection of the unique eco-systems of the polar regions.
Known as the Polar Code, it is the international standard for shipping in those regions, has been developed by the International Maritime Organization with substantial input from the UK. Operators should already be working to it, but the UK wants to have it in law here as part of its ongoing commitment to cleaner seas and protection of the environment.
James Hartley-Binns, Ship Standards Policy Lead with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: “The Polar Code is designed to protect some of the most fragile ecological places on earth as well as protecting seafarers and passengers in harsh environments.
“We want to protect both people and the environment and bringing these amendments into UK law is part of that commitment.
“The Code sets the standard for shipping in polar regions, allowing for innovation and technological advance without compromising safety. The UK has taken an active part in the development of the Code at the International Maritime Organization and remains committed to implementing amendments to its conventions.”
There will now be an eight-week consultation on the proposals, which closes on 12 May 2021.
Click here to view the consultation document and have your say.
Read another arcicle related to the Polar Code: Polar Yacht Guide published by World Sailing and the Royal Cruising Club Pilotage Foundation
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