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)

To register, please fill the registration form before 5th February:

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Please note:
This registration form only ensures your participation to the Polar Code Conference and reception 22th and Dinner 21st February. Please make sure to book your hotel additionaly.

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

Preliminary program

Date: 21 February 2018
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

Welcoming Address by Mr. Harri Pursiainen, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Communication                        

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

Key note speaker Mr. Kitack Lim, Secretary General of IMO: Implementation of the Polar Code from the IMO perspective

Key note speaker Mr. Petteri Taalas, Secretary General of WMO: Importance of Meteorology for safe shipping in the Polar waters
10.30–11.00 Coffee Break
Session II Challenges of the Implementation of the Polar Code for Administrations

Experiences from the Russian Federation by Mr. Viktor Olersky, Deputy Minister of Transport (tbc)

Experiences from Norway by Ms. Siv Christin Gaalaas, Specialty Director, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

Experiences from the USA by Mr. Jeffrey G. Lantz, Director, U.S. Coast Guard
11.45-12.15 Experiences from Canada by Transport Canada (speaker tbc)
12.15-12.30 Discussion
12.30–13.30 Lunch Break
Session III Challenges of the Implementation of the Polar Code for Seafarers
13.30–13.50 Representative of an Ice-breaker Captain (tbc)
13.50–14.10 Representative of the Passenger Ship Company (tbc)

Representative of a Mercantile Fleet (Mr. Hammeken, the Royal Arctic Line (RAL), Denmark)
14.30–15.00 Arctic Shipping Best Practices Information Forum (by PAME), introduction
15.00–15.30 Coffee Break
Session IV Identified challenges and future solutions

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

Discussion on identified challenges by Mr. Olersky (tbc), Mr. Lanz, Ms. Gaalaas, Mr. Taalas, Transport Canada and Danish Maritime Authority (tbc)
17.00–17.15 Conclusions

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)




Hilton Helsinki Strand Hotel

Address: John Stenbergin ranta 4, Helsinki, Finland
Meeting room: Ballroom I-II (2nd floor)

21st February
Meripaviljonki restaurant

Address: Säästöpankinranta 3, Helsinki, Finland



Hilton Helsinki Strand Hotel
(address Jo

hn Stenbergin ranta 4, Helsinki, Finland)

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

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.



Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is situated 20 kilometer

s from the centre of Helsinki, check out the connections to Helsinki city centre.




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