Head of the IMO: Arctic experience of the Russian Federation should be reflected in the Polar Code

The Russian experience of sailing in the Arctic waters should be reflected in the forthcoming Polar Code. This was stated by the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Koji Sekimitsu at the meeting with the crew of nuclear-powered icebreaker "50 Years of Victory".

He recalled that the Code, which is a mandatory set of rules for ships operating in polar ice, including the Northern Sea Route, is to be prepared in the year 2014, and in 2015 the IMO plans to approve it.

Currently, the work on the document has been implementing by the IMO committees for maritime safety and for the protection of the marine environment.

Sekimitsu explained that, given the considerable experience of navigating in the Arctic waters of the USSR and then Russia, the existing in Russia rulescould form the basis for a new document.

The IMO is a specialized agency of the United Nations, which deals with technical regulations for safety of navigation, protection of the marine environment from pollution by ships, as well as protection of the maritime industry against acts of unlawful interference.

The Secretary General of the Organization Koji Sekimitsusince August 14, 2013 is in Russia on a working visit, participating in the transition of the NSR from the port Dikson to the port Pevek.

Source: Arctic-Info

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