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Year: 2020
Project manager: Piotr Graczyk
Project code: 537 1012019

The IMO Polar Code (PC) entered into force in January 2017. It is the first binding international regulation setting out minimum international safety and pollution prevention requirements for ships operating in polar waters. After more than one year of implementation, the involved stakeholders, including flag states’ maritime authorities, classification societies and operators discern several challenges for effective and consistent PC implementation. The proposed
project will ex-amine the issues related to different interpretations of PC, with focus on goal-based vs. prescriptive requirements, especially in reference to crew training and life-saving appliances (LSA). The objective is to develop a better understanding of differences in PC interpretation and knowledge gaps that are influencing on effective and consistent PC implementation and generate knowledge that will assist in better harmonisation and implementation of PC. Adding the legal perspective to the picture will provide further insight into possible solutions and existing practices. This project will also explore the key venues and measures that can help closing the knowledge gaps and facilitate harmonisation, especially with respect to the interplay between institutions and stakeholders. The project will be organised in three work packages, proceeding from mapping out key differences in interpretations (WP1), through legal analysis (WP2) to a compilation of differences and gaps and possible measures
to address them. Through close alignment with the ongoing endeavours to address these issues both at the Arctic Best Practices Information Forum and the Arctic Council’s PAME, this project will develop applied solutions for better international collaboration on PC implementation.

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