Polar Code now in force.

The IMO Polar Code came into force on 1 January 2017 for new vessels constructed on, or after, that date. Older vessels must satisfy the Code’s requirements by their first intermediate or renewal survey after 1 January 2018, whichever occurs first.

The Polar Code applies to vessels operating in polar regions and prohibits: discharge into the sea of oil or oily mixtures from any vessel; discharge into the sea of noxious liquid substances, or mixtures containing such substances; discharge of sewage and garbage unless in accordance with the requirements of the Polar Code and Annexes IV and V respectively of MARPOL.