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The Coast Guard seeks comment on a notice of proposed rulemaking that would add the new Polar Ship Certificate to the list of certificates required to be carried on board all U.S. and foreign-flagged vessels subject to SOLAS which operate in Arctic and Antarctic waters. The proposal also enables recognized classification societies to issue these certificates on behalf of the Coast Guard.
The proposal ensures vessels that comply with the Polar Code are properly certificated and not subject to detention when sailing internationally. The Coast Guard is currently considering additional amendments to commercial shipping regulations that may be necessary to fully implement the SOLAS, MAROL and STCW provisions of the Polar Code.
Comments and related materials on this proposal must be submitted on or before Dec. 22, 2016.
For more information on the proposal, please view the entire Federal Register notice.
Additional information on the Polar Code will be posted on the Maritime Commons as the Code approaches entry into force. For more information, please view the entire series on Polar Code.
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