The Maritime Safety Committee, at its ninety-fourth
session (MSC 94), adopted the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar
Waters (Polar Code), which came into effect on 1 January 2017 upon entry into
force of the new chapter XIV of the SOLAS Convention.
The Maritime Safety Committee, at its ninety-seventh
session (MSC 97) adopted amendments to the International Convention on
Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW),
1978, as amended, and the STCW Code, related to the Polar Code. These new STCW amendments will take effect on 1 July,
The application framework for manning and training
requirements for the master, chief mate and officers in charge of a
navigational watch on board ships operating in polar waters is defined under
the Polar Code, and the contents of basic and advanced training requirements
are defined in the STCW Convention and Code.
- Contribute to safe
operation of vessels operating in polar waters;
- Identify the ice characteristics and areas where different type of ice can be expected in
the area of operation.
- Monitor the vessel performance
in ice and low air temperature.
- Contribute to safe operations and
ship manoeuvrability in ice.
- Monitor and ensure
compliance with legislative requirements;
- Apply safe working
practices, respond to emergencies;
- Monitor the correct
crew preparation, working conditions and safety,
- Communicate the need to ensure compliance with pollution- prevention requirements and
prevent environmental hazards; and
- Perform manoeuvers in order to safely operate
ships in ice conditions in polar waters.