Finland welcomes the entry into force of the IMO Polar Code from the beginning of this year as its enforcement enhances both shipping safety and environmental protection in its application areas in the Arctic and Antarctic waters i.e. in the both Polar regions.
“Exploring common solutions” is the slogan for the Finland´s Arctic Council Chairmanship Programme for 2017-2019. Our message is clear - only together can we successfully confront the challenges. And accordingly, Finland wants the public and the private sectors in the Arctic to work together towards common goals of the Polar Code.
The Arctic Council PAME Working Group has established the Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum to support effective implementation of the Polar Code. Finland supports the work of the Forum and in accordance Finland had the honor to host an "International Conference on Harmonized implementation of the Polar Code" on 22 February 2018 in Helsinki, Finland.
Session I Introduction, session moderated by Dr. Anita Mäkinen (Finnish Transport Safety Agency)
Session II Challenges of the Implementation of the Polar Code for Administrations, session moderated by Dr. Anita Mäkinen (Finnish Transport Safety Agency)
Session III Challenges of the Implementation of the Polar Code for Seafarers, session moderated by Rob Hindley (Aker Arctic Technology Inc)
Session IV Identified challenges and future solutions, session moderated by Rob Hindley (Aker Arctic Technology Inc)
The Coast Guard Blog for Maritime Professionals by Jeffrey Lantz:
Remarks by Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards Jeffrey Lantz, during Polar Code harmonization conference
Chief Adviser to the Director General of Maritime Sector, Dr. Anita Mäkinen, tel. +358 40 162 4592, email: anita.makinen (at) trafi.fi