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7/1/2014: Public workshop for IMO’s development of a mandatory code for ships operating in Polar Waters

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The Coast Guard published a notice to the Federal Register announcing that it will hold a public workshop in Seattle, WA on topics related to the development of a mandatory code for ships operating in polar waters, referred to as the Polar Code, by the International Maritime Organization.

Various topics will be discussed including application and certification under the Polar Code; and regulations for hull design, equipment, operations and environmental protection. This workshop is intended to be an interactive exchange of information between policymakers, industry experts and interested members of the public.

The primary topics that will be considered at the public meeting include:
• General overview of the draft Polar Code;
• Overview of draft amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea;
• Overview of draft amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships;
• Application, certification and documentation.

The public workshop will be held on Thursday, August 14, 2014. For more information on the Polar Code and details for attending the workshop, view the Federal Register notice

For further details on the Polar Code, here are some recent posts on Maritime Commons:

6/13/2014: International Maritime Organization – Polar Code
6/18/2014: Coast Guard outlines 2014 Arctic priorities
6/19/2014: Panel discussion on the 2015 Arctic Council
6/20/2014: U.S. Delegation lead on the development of the Polar Code speaks on the Arctic

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