Paris MoU tackles Polar Code compliance

2022-06-27T15:56:30+00:00 June 27th, 2022|Safety|

The Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MoU) has launched a concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) to verify compliance with the requirements of the Polar Code.

This campaign started on 13th June and lasts to 1st July, 2022 (first period) and from 1st to 19th August, 2022 (second period).

It is additional to the regular CIC and is held at a different time of the year, due to the seasonal voyage plans of the ships sailing to the Polar region.

Reasons for the campaign include:

  • polar waters have a unique Polar ecosystem that is vulnerable to human influences, such as ship operations
  • they impose additional navigational demands beyond those normally encountered in non-Polar waters
  • polar waters impose additional demands on the ships, their systems and operations beyond the existing requirements for normal operations at sea.

The goal of the inspection campaign is:

  • to determine the level of compliance with the requirements of the Polar Code within the shipping industry
  • to create awareness amongst ships’ crews and shipowners with regard to the importance of compliance with the provisions of the Polar Code, the increased risk to ships operating in Polar waters and the protection of the vulnerable Polar environment
  • to send a signal to the industry that safety and pollution prevention related requirements are mandatory and enforcement with the applicable requirements is high on the agenda of the Paris MoU member authorities; to underline the responsibility of the PSC regime regarding harmonised enforcement of compliance with the requirements of the Polar Code, thus improving the level of compliance and ensuring a level playing field.

A ship will be subject to only one inspection during this CIC. Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) will use a pre-defined questionnaire to assess whether the information and equipment provided on board complies with the relevant conventions.

Polar Code elements in SOLAS and MARPOL will also be taken into account, the Paris MoU stressed.