Implementation of the Polar Code
 

International Conference on Harmonized implementation of the Polar Code

Experiences after one year´s Enforcement

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 has the honor to host an "International Conference on Harmonized implementation of the Polar Code" on 22 February 2018 in Helsinki, Finland.

Date:    22th February 2018
Venue:  Hilton Helsinki Strand Hotel
           
(address John Stenbergin ranta 4)

Registration is closed.

For additional information please be in contact with Dr. Anita Mäkinen (anita.makinen (at) trafi.fi).


Program

Date: 21 February 2018 at 7 pm
Venue: Restaurant Meripaviljonki
Seated Dinner to be hosted by the Finnish Transport Safety Agency

Date: 22 February 2018
Venue: Hilton Helsinki Strand Hotel, John Stenbergin ranta 4, Helsinki, Finland

Session I Introduction, session moderated by Dr. Anita Mäkinen (Finnish Transport Agency)

9.00–9.30 Registration
   
9.30–9.40
  
Welcoming Address by Mr. Harri Pursiainen, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Communication                        
   
9.40–9.50

Priorities for the Finnish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council by
Mr. Aleksi Härkönen, SAO Chair, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
   
9.50–10.10

Key note address by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Mr. Kitack Lim
   
10.10–10.30 

Key note speaker Mr. Petteri Taalas, Secretary General of WMO. Implementing the Polar Code: The role of WMO
   
10.30–11.00 Coffee Break
   
Session II Challenges of the Implementation of the Polar Code for Administrations, session moderated by Dr. Anita Mäkinen (Finnish Transport Agency)
   
11.00–11.15 

The application of the Polar Code in the Russian Federation by Mr. Viktor Olersky, Deputy Minister of Transport
   
11.15–11.30

Implementation of the Polar Code – experiences and challenges, a Norwegian perspective by by Ms. Siv Christin Gaalaas, Specialty Director, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries
   
11.30–11.45

U.S. Implementation of the Polar Code by Mr. Jeffrey G. Lantz, Director, U.S. Coast Guard
   
11.45-12.15 Challenges of the Implementation of the Polar Code within the Canadian Arctic by Mr. Donald Roussel, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Transport Canada
   
12.15-12.30 Discussion
   
12.30–14.00 Lunch Break
   
Session III Challenges of the Implementation of the Polar Code for Seafarers, session moderated by Rob Hindley (Aker Arctic Technology Inc)
   
14.00–14.15 DNVGL’s experience in assisting customer comply with the Polar Code and certifying ships on behalf of flag administrations by Mr. Seppo Liukkonen, DNVGL Station Manager Helsinki, Finland
   
14.15–14.30 Experiences of the cruise industry with the implementation of the Polar Code by Ms.Kierstin M.Del Valle (CLIA)
   
14.30–14.45

Polar Code vs. 245 years of Arctic shipping experience by Mr. Verner Hammeken, (the Royal Arctic Line (RAL), Denmark)
   
14.45–15.00 Introduction of the Arctic Shipping Best Practices Information Forum of the Arctic Council PAME WG by Dr. Anita Mäkinen, Chair of the Forum, Mr. Hjalti Þór Hreinsson (PAME Secretariat) and Mr. Michael Kingston (Managing Director of Michael Kingston Associates)
   
15.00–15.30 Coffee Break
   
Session IV Identified challenges and future solutions, session moderated by Rob Hindley (Aker Arctic Technology Inc)
   
15.30–15.45

Launch of the Arctic Council Polar Code Project by Finland and the Russian Federation
   
15.45–16.45

Discussion on identified challenges by Mr. Olersky (Russian Federation), Mr. Lanz (USA), Ms. Gaalaas (Norway), Mr. Taalas (WMO), Mr. Roussel (Canada), and Mr. Martin John (Denmark)
   
16.45–17.00 Conclusions
   
17.15–19.00


Reception at the conference venue, where the Minister of
Transport and Communications, Ms. Anne Berner, will
address and meet the delegates.
   

Related events
• Finnish Maritime Academies (Aboa Mare and Satakunta University of Applied Sciences) will introduce their relevant educational supplies and exchange programs in winter navigation and the Polar Code requirements at the conference venue.


For additional information
please be in contact with Dr. Anita Mäkinen (anita.makinen (at) trafi.fi).

 

 

Venue

Hilton Helsinki Strand Hotel

Address: John Stenbergin ranta 4, Helsinki, Finland

Meeting room: Ballroom I-II (2nd floor)

Dinner 
21st February
Meripaviljonki restaurant

Address: Säästöpankinranta 3, Helsinki, Finland

 

Accommodation

Hilton Helsinki Strand Hotel
(address John Stenbergin ranta 4, Helsinki, Finland)

• Single room 145.00 €/night
• Double room 165.00 €/night

Reservation code G1LIIA

Cumulus City Hakaniemi
(address Siltasaarenkatu 14, Helsinki)

• Single room 111.00 €/night
• Double room 131.00 €/night

Mention reservation code
"Polar Code" to receive the reduced rate.

The rooms can be booked at reduced price according to the booking situation.

 

Travelling

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is situated 20 kilometers from the centre of Helsinki, check out the connections to Helsinki city centre.

 

 
 

 

Page updated 02/20/2018