The International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters: Finalization, Adoption and Law of the Sea Implications

  • Øystein Jensen Fridtjof Nansen Institute

Abstract

The most recent instrument specifically designed to make navigation in polar waters safer and more environmentally friendly is the International Maritime Organization’s long-awaited “International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters” – the Polar Code. This article first briefly examines the legislative history of the Code, with emphasis on the final and consolidating phase of development. Second, an account is provided of the main contents of the Code as regards its regulations on safety measures and pollution prevention. Finally, the analysis places the new framework in the broader context of international law, including an examination of the Polar Code’s relationship to specific provisions and legislative arrangements of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

(Published: May 2016)

Citation: Ø. Jensen. “The International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters: Finalization, Adoption and Law of the Sea Implications.” Arctic Review on Law and Politics, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2016, pp. 60–82. http://dx.doi.org/10.17585/arctic.v7.236

Published
2016-05-23
Section
Original Articles
How to Cite
JENSEN, Øystein. The International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters: Finalization, Adoption and Law of the Sea Implications. Arctic Review, [S.l.], v. 7, n. 1, may 2016. ISSN 2387-4562. Available at: <https://arcticreview.no/index.php/arctic/article/view/236>. Date accessed: 26 may 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.17585/arctic.v7.236.