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Full Polar Code text
As adopted from IMO - Full Polar Code text
The goal of this chapter is to provide for safe navigation.
9.2 Functional requirements
In order to achieve the goal set out in paragraph 9.1 above, the following functional requirements are embodied in the regulations of this chapter.
9.2.1 Nautical information
Ships shall have the ability to receive up-to-date information including ice information for safe navigation.
9.2.2 Navigational equipment functionality
- 22.214.171.124 The navigational equipment and systems shall be designed, constructed, and installed to retain their functionality under the expected environmental conditions in the area of operation.
- 126.96.36.199 Systems for providing reference headings and position fixing shall be suitable for the intended areas.
- 188.8.131.52 Ships shall have the ability to visually detect ice when operating in darkness.
- 184.108.40.206 Ships involved in operations with an icebreaker escort shall have suitable means to indicate when the ship is stopped.
9.3.1 Nautical information
In order to comply with the functional requirement of paragraph 9.2.1 above, ships shall have means of receiving and displaying current information on ice conditions in the area of operation.
9.3.2 Navigational equipment functionality
220.127.116.11 In order to comply with the functional requirement of paragraph 18.104.22.168 above, the following apply:
- .1 ships constructed on or after 1 January 2017, ice strengthened in accordance with chapter 3, shall have either two independent echo-sounding devices or one echo-sounding device with two separate independent transducers;
- .2 ships shall comply with SOLAS regulation V/22.214.171.124, irrespective of the date of construction and the size and, depending on the bridge configuration, a clear view astern;
- .3 for ships operating in areas, and during periods, where ice accretion is likely to occur, means to prevent the accumulation of ice on antennas required for navigation and communication shall be provided; and
- .4 in addition, for ships ice strengthened in accordance with chapter 3, the following apply:
- .1 where equipment required by SOLAS chapter V or this chapter have sensors that project below the hull, such sensors shall be protected against ice; and
- .2 in category A and B ships constructed on or after 1 January 2017, the bridge wings shall be enclosed or designed to protect navigational equipment and operating personnel.
- .1 ships shall have two non-magnetic means to determine and display their heading. Both means shall be independent and shall be connected to the ship's main and emergency source of power; and
- .2 ships proceeding to latitudes over 80 degrees shall be fitted with at least one GNSS compass or equivalent, which shall be connected to the ship's main and emergency source of power.
126.96.36.199 In order to comply with the functional requirement of paragraph 188.8.131.52 ships, with the exception of those solely operating in areas with 24 hours daylight, shall be equipped with two remotely rotatable, narrow-beam search lights controllable from the bridge to provide lighting over an arc of 360 degrees, or other means to visually detect ice.
184.108.40.206 In order to comply with the functional requirement of paragraph 220.127.116.11, ships involved in operations with an icebreaker escort shall be equipped with a manually initiated flashing red light visible from astern to indicate when the ship is stopped. This light shall have a range of visibility of at least two nautical miles, and the horizontal and vertical arcs of visibility shall conform to the stern light specifications required by the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea.
POLAR CODE CHAPTERS:
EXPLANATION AND SUBMISSIONS
Part IA - Safety MeasuresChapter 1: General
Chapter 2: Polar Water Operation Manual
Chapter 3: Ship structure
Chapter 4: Subdivision and stability
Chapter 5: Watertight and weathertight integrity
Chapter 6: Machinery installations
Chapter 7: Fire safety/Protection
Chapter 8: Life saving appliances and arrangements
Chapter 9: Safety of navigation
Chapter 10: Communication
Chapter 11: Voyage planning
Chapter 12: Manning and training