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Environmental NGO criticizes Polar Code

The scope of the adopted Polar Code, aimed at protecting shipping in the Arctic, does not go far enough, according to environmental organizations. Only a matter of time before serious incidents occur, they say.

The Polar Code, recently adopted by the IMO, does not go far enough, according to several environmental organizations gathered in the Clean Shipping Coalition (CSC).

"The purpose of developing the code was to make sure that increased polar shipping activity as a result of climate change did not put lives and the environment at risk. Yet without urgent further strengthening of the code, it is just a question of when, not if, an incident occurs, with serious consequences for the delicate Arctic and Antarctic environments," says John Maggs, president of the CSC and senior policy advisor Seas At Risk, according to organization Transport Environment (T&E).

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