Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum

The establishment of the Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum is in response to the newly adopted International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code) by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The aim of the Forum is to raise awareness of its provisions amongst all those involved in or potentially affected by Arctic marine operations and to facilitate the exchange of information and best practices between the Forum participants on specific shipping topics, including but not limited to; hydrography, search and rescue logistics, industry guidelines and ship equipment, systems and structure.

A publicly accessible web-portal has been created with information specific to each chapter of the Polar Code -

Forum participation is open to Arctic States, Permanent Participants and Arctic Council Observers as well as any widely-recognized professional organization 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.

The Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Group of the Arctic Council approved the Forum's Terms of Reference at their last meeting (February 2017).
The Polar Code

The Polar Code entered into force on 1 January 2017 and is is intended to cover the full range of shipping-related matters relevant to navigation in waters surrounding the two poles – ship design, construction and equipment; operational and training concerns; search and rescue; and, equally important, the protection of the unique environment and eco-systems of the polar regions.


Michael Kingston, a special adviser to PAME, on how the Arctic Shipping Best Practices Information Forum will assist in the harmonized implementation of The Polar Code.

Arctic in Focus: Report, Meetings Focus on Adaptation Efforts in the Region.

IUMI calls for more infrastructure support on Arctic routes.

Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy - Arctic Law & Policy Year in Review

Insurance for Arctic Voyages Continues to be Case-By-Case Deal.


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