Polar Code: Operational Assessment
The Operational Assessment is the means through which the shipowner or operator evaluates how the ship’s characteristics (either proposed or existing) in combination with the ship or company operational procedures mitigate the hazards of operating in polar waters. It is a review of the ship’s procedures and equipment against the expected operations and the operational environment. It is undertaken by the shipowner or operator in a formal way to enable appropriate means of hazard mitigation to be identified and implemented in the ship specification or design.
Polar Code: Limitation Wording for the Polar Ship Certificate
Environmental conditions in polar regions vary significantly based on location and season, as do the risks associated with operating there. In order to identify, from a regulatory perspective, the limitations that the ship has when operating in these conditions, the Polar Code requires operational limitations to be determined in the operational assessment and included on the Polar Ship Certificate.
Polar Code Operating Envelope
"The operating envelope represents the quantification of the range of conditions that the ship itself could be subjected to during its intended polar operations. This is necessary for the design or enhancement of the hull structure, as well as the selection or upgrade of equipment, and the definition of training requirements or additional training for crew (as per the Polar Water Operational Manual)."
Arctic Technology Knowledge Sharing: How to use POLARIS
The content of this presentation is based on the draft of the POLARIS system included as Appendix I to the draft International Maritime Organization (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) Circular 'Guidance on Methodologies for Assessing Operational Capabilities and Limitations on Ice‘ contained in Annex I of the report of the Correspondence Group on the Development of Guidance on a Methodology for Determining Limitations for Operations in Ice, submitted to the MSC 96th Session (MSC 96) as paper MSC 96/3/4.
The International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters
The Polar Code is, in part, goal-based. As this is a new regulatory approach, we have prepared an interpretation guide to help you understand the meaning of some of the text. Our guide has the complete Polar Code text on one side of the page, with our commentary and guidance on the opposite side. We have used colour coding for easy reference across the pages.
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