IMO: Rules for Arctic sailing by 2016

The Polar Code for the Arctic is expected to be implemented through 2015 and will most likely be in place from 2016. About time, says Secretary General of the IMO, Koji Sekimizu, at Nor-Shipping 2013 in Oslo.

OSLO: Several major players in shipping have been gathered at the Norwegian shipowners' association in Oslo to discuss the perspectives and especially the challenges of the Arctic. At the meeting, Secretary General of the IMO, Koji Sekimizu, made it clear that the long awaited Polar Code, which has been postponed several times, will soon be ready.

"It's about time to put the finishing touches on the international regulations. 2014 is our goal for completing a new Polar Code to be implemented during 2015. The Code will ensure an international set of regulations," he said, calling for increased cooperation between the countries, particularly Northern countries such as Russia, Canada, Norway, and so forth.

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