First Vessel Secures IMO Polar Code Compliance

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

February 19, 2016

Magne Viking (Photo: Viking Supply Ships)

Magne Viking (Photo: Viking Supply Ships)

 AHTS Magne Viking, owned by Viking Supply Ships, is in compliance with the new IMO Polar Code, confirms DNV GL and the Danish Maritime Authority following a successful survey. 

“Having followed the development of the Polar Code for some years, it is a great achievement to finally survey the first vessel to comply with the Code,” said Morten Mejlænder-Larsen, responsible for Arctic and Polar activities at DNV GL - Maritime.
Viking Supply Ships possesses long experience from Arctic operations in low temperatures and ice covered waters, and seeing the value in the IMO Polar Code, decided to implement it early on. The process included updating the vessel and its equipment, as well as providing the required documentation.
The DNV GL classed Magne Viking is an ice-classed AHTS vessel capable of operations in harsh environment offshore regions, as well as Arctic/Sub-Arctic operations.
“As this vessel was already winterized and built for operation in cold climate, most of the additional requirements in the Polar Code were already fulfilled before we started the implementation process,” said Andreas Kjøl, Project Director at Viking Supply Ships.
The IMO Polar Code is mandatory for all SOLAS vessel entering Arctic and Antarctic waters from January 1, 2017. The Code is an add-on to existing IMO codes where the main requirements are related to safety (SOLAS) and protection of the environment (MARPOL).  DNV GL will, on behalf of the Flag Authorities, issue the Polar Ship Certificate for vessels complying with the new code.
As a result of less ice and easier access to polar waters, IMO saw the need for a common set of minimum requirements for vessels operating in these areas which are not covered by other regulations.  In addition, increased shipping to support the oil and gas industry, mineral export and an expansion of cruise visits to these regions prompted IMO’s work with the code.
The main additional risks identified when operating in polar waters are addressed in the IMO Polar Code and the different chapters describe different measures to mitigate these risks.
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