Welcome to the

Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum's


Forum Participants

Forum Participation is for those dedicated to improving safe and environmentally sound marine operations in the Arctic as demonstrated by expertise and experience in Arctic shipping and/or related issues..

Click here to read more about the over 50 Forum Participants

Arctic State Administration pages

The Forum includes a section with information that each Arctic State and their relevant agencies consider important for operators, flag states, and other interested parties, to consider when applying Polar Code requirements.

Click here to go to the Administration page

Third meeting of the Forum

IMG 2243The third meeting of the Arctic Council's Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum took place on June 3-4 2019 at the Embassy of the United States, London.

The purpose of the Forum is to support effective implementation of the IMO Polar Code by making publicly available on a dedicated web portal information relevant to all those involved in safe and environmentally sound Arctic shipping, including shipowners/operators, regulators, classification societies, marine insurers, and indigenous and local communities.

Forum's web-portal: www.arcticshippingforum.is

The Forum places particular emphasis on collecting information of use to Maritime Administrations and/or Recognized Organizations in issuing Polar Ship Certificates and conducting Operational Assessments, as well as information to be used by the shipowners and operators in developing Polar Water Operational Manuals.

More information on the Forum.

Third Forum meeting documents:
 - Meeting summary
 - Meeting agenda
 - Meeting focus document
 - List of participants
forsida - Information paper co-sponsored by all Arctic Council Member States submitted to IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 101), to be held 5 June to 14 June 2019, to introduce the Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum and its web portal.
 - Press release from the meeting


Photos from the third meeting.