Polar Code update: from now on also mandatory in Canada

In the last few years the world’s focus on the environment has grown. A result of this development is IMO’s Polar Code which entered into force on 1 January 2017. However, in January 2018 there has been an update in the Polar Code. Are you a ship owner and operating in Canadian Polar waters? Keep reading to find out more about the recent changes and what they mean for you.

What are the changes?

Transport Canada – the responsible department of the Canadian government for transportation – has introduced new Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations (ASPPR). The new regulations incorporate the Polar Code into the Canadian legislation and include several safety and pollution prevention rules. Topics that come back in the safety rules are equipment, design & construction and operations & manning. The environmental regulations include topics such as oil, garbage and chemicals. You can find more information about the rules in the images below.

Infographic Polar Code and Ship Safety

IMO made the following infographic illustrating the ship safety requirements of the Polar Code (click on the image to enlarge it):

Infographic Polar Code

Infographic Polar Code and Protection of the environment

The following infographic illustrates the environmental requirements of the Polar Code (click on the image to enlarge it):

Infographic how the polar code protects the environment

The consequences for ship owners

Besides the two established polar areas Arctic (North Pole region) and Antarctic (South Pole region) the Polar Code has been expanded to the Canada’s Arctic. Canada has included the Polar Code into the lawmaking, ships are mandatory to meet the regulations. From now on the Code obligates vessels that are operating in Arctic waters to apply for a Polar Ship Certificate. Read our Polar Code blog for more information about the certificate.

The Code does not apply on ships less than 500GT, fishing vessels or those entitled to sovereign immunity.

How Lagersmit contributes

Lagersmit offers several sealing solutions that meet the environmental regulations of the Polar Code. An example is the Supreme Ventus® stern tube seal which ensures zero-emissions of oil and enables you to check the condition of the seal. Are you also operating in American waters? This sealing solution does not have an water-to-oil interface and is in compliance with VGP’s regulations.

Read more about the Supreme Ventus.

Looking for more information?

If you would like more information or have any questions please feel free to contact me, I will be happy to help you!