Maritime trade between Arctic destinations and the rest of the world is expected to expand and an increasing number of ships are now undertaking voyages in polar waters.
IMO’s work to protect the polar environment and the safety of seafarers and passengers navigating in polar regions has received a donation by the Government of Canada.
The SeaXplorer 75 stands out with not only a dive centre and submersible hangar, but also a complete floating heliport for two aircraft.
Deck officers and captains from Maersk Line participate in a series of Ice Navigation training courses at Aboa Mare in Turku, Finland and the courses fulfil the Polar Code training requirements.
This is the latest in Institute’s expanding series of professional training schemes and has been developed in response to rapidly growing demand for officers with proven expertise in handling ships in ice.
The use of heavy fuel oil (HFO)—the leftover residues from the crude oil refining process—as a marine fuel poses serious environmental and economic risks, especially in ecologically sensitive areas like the Arctic.
With the Polar Code now in force, Thordon Bearings has urged shipowners and managers to verify that their vessels’ deck machinery and systems can operate safely in the extreme temperatures.
The IMO Polar Code took centre stage at the Arctic Council in Juneau, Alaska, United States (8-9 March) where IMO Secretary-General delivered a speech on the importance of the Code.
Norsafe has signed a new contract with Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding BV to supply its IMO Polar Code compliant LSA to an arctic supply and research vessel for the Australian Antarctic Division.