The Polar Code of the International Maritime Organization will be taken in 2017
10:08 13 марта 2015
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It is planned to adopt the Polar Code of the International Maritime Organization in 2017.
It will become the main document regulating navigation in the arctic waters. This information was given by the minister for transport of Russia Viktor Olerskiy on the international conference «Transport and Logistics in the Arctic – 2015».
As Viktor Olerskiy notes, issues of navigation on water areas of the Northern Sea Route are regulated by some international conventions. Among them there are: the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea. On the international level regulation on water areas of the Northern Sea Route is fulfilled within documents taken by countries, included to the Arctic Council: Denmark, Iceland, Canada, Norway, the Russian Federation, the USA, Finland and Sweden. The Polar Code will contain extended ecological requirements additionally to those, which are contained in the MARPOL Convention.
As the deputy minister notes, basic normative and legal acts regulating issues of navigation on the Northern Sea Route were taken on the national level. Rules of navigation on water areas of the Northern Sea Route were approved, size of payments for icebreaker piloting were defined, and rules of use of tariffs on icebreaker piloting on water area of the Northern Sea Route were approved in conformity with the law.
As the press-center of the Ministry for transport informs, a procedure of receiving of a permission for navigation of ships on water areas of the Northern Sea Route was simplified considerably both for Russian and foreign ship owners. Earlier it was necessary to give an application minimum four months before the expected date of arrival to water areas of the Northern Sea Route to receive a permission. Now this time is limited with ten days.