05 Juni 2014

[050614.EN.SEA] United Nations Hatches New Rules For Ships Operating In Polar Seas

THE UN's International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has approved new rules covering ship design, construction, equipment, training, search and rescue and environmental matters relevant for vessels in polar waters.

The IMO's maritime safety committee also "completed the legal framework for implementation of the mandatory IMO audit scheme, to make mandatory use of the IMO Instruments Implementation Code and auditing of parties to those treaties".

Under the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), the committee also adopted amendments on inert gas systems, as well as amendments to a number of treaties, to make IMO audits mandatory, reported London's Tanker Operator.

MSC approved the draft new SOLAS chapter XIV safety measures for ships operating in polar waters', which would make mandatory the introduction of the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (the Polar Code).

Source : HKSG.

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