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The Polar Code Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

The Polar Code: International Safety for Ships

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.

Introd­uction: Goals of the Polar Code

1. Goal: The goal of this Code is to provide for safe ship operation and the protection of the polar enviro­nment by addressing risks presenting polar waters and not adequately mitigated by other instru­ments of the Organi­zation.

2. Defini­tio­ns: For the purpose of this Code, the terms used have the meanings defined in the following paragr­aphs. Terms used in part I-A, but not defined in this section shall have the sameme­aning as defined in SOLAS. Terms used in part II-A, but not defined in this section shallhave the same meaning as defined in article 2 of MARPOL and the relevant MARPOL Annexes.

Intern­ational Code for Ships in Polar Waters

1. The Intern­ational Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters has been developed to supplement existing IMO instru­ments in order to increase the safety of ships operation and mitigate the impact on the people and enviro­nment in the remote, vulnerable and potent­ially harsh polar waters.
2. The Code acknow­ledges that polar water operation may impose additional demands on ships, their systems and operation beyond the existing requir­ements of the Intern­ational Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, the Intern­ational Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto as amended by the 1997 Protocol, and other relevant binding IMO instru­ments.
3. The Code acknow­ledges that the polar waters impose additional naviga­tional demands beyond those normally encoun­tered. In many areas, the chart coverage may not currently be adequate for coastal naviga­tion. It is recognized even existing charts may be subject to unsurveyed and uncharted shoals.
4. The Code also acknow­ledges that coastal commun­ities in the Arctic could be, and that polar ecosystems are, vulnerable to human activi­ties, such as ship operation.
5. The relati­onship between the additional safety measures and the protection of the enviro­nment is acknow­ledged as any safety measure taken to reduce the probab­ility of an accident, will largely benefit the enviro­nment.
6. While Arctic and Antarctic waters have simila­rities, there are also signif­icant differ­ences. Hence, although the Code is intended to apply as a whole to both Arctic and Antarctic, the legal and geogra­phical differ­ences between the two areas have been taken into account.
7. The key principles for developing the Polar Code have been to use a risk-based approach in determ­ining scope and to adopt a holistic approach in reducing identified risks.

The Polar Code Explained

MO in the polar enviro­nment: the Polar Code explained