Polar Code

The Polar Code is a mandatory regulation adopted by the IMO (see definition) for ships passing through Arctic and Antarctic waters. The regulation entered into force on the 1st January 2017. Its requirements are more stringent than those of existing IMO conventions such as MARPOL (see Special Areas under MARPOL), imposing prohibitions on the carriage of oil or oily mixtures from any ship into the sea and prevented pollution from garbage and noxious liquid substances”. However, no bans were imposed on the carrying or use of heavy fuel oil (see definition) in the Arctic, despite evidence by the Arctic Council demonstrating that the release of oil either through accidental release, or illegal discharge, is the most significant threat from shipping activity” in the Arctic marine environment.