Egersheld peninsula and Vladivostok container terminalThe next PAME Working Group Meeting (PAME II-2018) will be held from 1-4 October 2018 at the facilities of Admiral Nevelskoy Maritime State University. Adress: Verkhneportovaya Street 50a, Vladivostok (Website Monday the 1st of October has been set aside for pre-meetings of the PAME expert groups.

Leads on respective activities are requested to prepare for this meeting in accordance with the PAME Work Plan 2017-2019 and Records of Decisions from the PAME I-2018 meeting. PAME delegations are invited to include IMO, EA, MPA, Resource Exploration and Development, Marine Litter and other experts in their delegations to the PAME II-2018 meeting.

The aim of this Meeting is as follows:
  1. Leads on respective activities to provide status on progress to date in accordance with the PAME I-2018 Records of Decisions and the PAME 2017-2018 Work Plan and propose timelines to finalize respective activities/projects for deliverables to the 2018 Ministerial meeting (early May).
  2. Agree on updates/status for the next SAO meeting 24-26 October 2018 in Rovaniemi to include a list of planned deliverables for the April 2019 Ministerial meeting.
  3. Compile proposed activities and projects for possible inclusion into the PAME Work Plan 2019- 2021 to include draft content, new proposed projects and indications of lead/co-leads. Use the AMSP 2015-2025 Implementation plan as the framework.
  4. Agree on timelines/milestones of actions and activities needed up to May 2019 Ministerial meeting to include the final draft of the PAME Work Plan 2019-2021 and inputs to the SAO Report to Ministers as per guidance from the Arctic Council/U.S. Chairmanship.



This additional guidance advises operators on the selection of stern tube lubricants, such as non-toxic biodegradable lubricants or water-based systems, and make structural and engineering suggestions.

Additionally, there is guidance on the application of ballast-water treatment, including taking into account operations of ballast-water management systems in low temperatures, for the prevention of transfer of invasive species.

There is also guidance on anti-fouling coating capability in polar ice operations in order to minimize the risk of invasive aquatic species transfers via biofouling.

For full text of Part II B Additional Guidance see below.


Full Polar Code text
As adopted from IMO - Full Polar Code text

Additional guidance to chapter 1
  • 1.1 Ships are encouraged to apply regulation 43 of MARPOL Annex I when operating in Arctic waters.
  • 1.2 Non-toxic biodegradable lubricants or water-based systems should be considered in lubricated components located outside the underwater hull with direct seawater interfaces, like shaft seals and slewing seals.
Additional guidance to chapter 2
Category A and B ships, constructed on or after 1 January 2017 and certified to carry noxious liquid substances (NLS), are encouraged to carry NLS identified in chapter 17, column e, as ship type 3 or identified as NLS in chapter 18 of the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk, in tanks separated from the outer shell by a distance of not less than 760 mm.

Additional guidance to chapter 5
In order to minimize the risks associated with animal cargo mortalities, consideration should be given to how animal carcasses will be managed, treated, and stored on board when ships carrying such cargo are operating in polar waters. Reference is made in particular to the 2012 Guidelines for the implementation of MARPOL Annex V (resolution MEPC.219(63), as amended by resolution MEPC.239(65)) and the 2012 Guidelines for the development of garbage management plans (resolution MEPC.220(63)).

Additional guidance under other environmental conventions and guidelines
  • 4.1 Until the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments enters into force, the ballast water management provisions of the ballast water exchange standard, set out in regulation D-1, or the ballast water performance standard, set out in regulation D-2 of the Convention should be considered as appropriate. The provisions of the Guidelines for ballast water exchange in the Antarctic treaty area (resolution MEPC.163(56)) should be taken into consideration along with other relevant guidelines developed by the Organization.
  • 4.2 In selecting the ballast water management system, attention should be paid to limiting conditions specified in the appendix of the Type Approval Certificate and the temperature under which the system has been tested, in order to ensure its suitability and effectiveness in polar waters.
  • 4.3 In order to minimize the risk of invasive aquatic species transfers via biofouling, measures should be considered to minimize the risk of more rapid degradation of anti-fouling coatings associated with polar ice operations. Reference is made in particular to the 2011 Guidelines for the control and management of ships' biofouling to minimize the transfer of invasive aquatic species (resolution MEPC.207(62)).
Table: Example of matters related to anti-fouling systems taken into consideration by some ice-going ships (this table is used by some operators of ice-going ships)

  Hull Sea chest
Year round operation in ice-covered polar waters

  • Abrasion resistant coating.
  • Compliant with the AFS Convention. Thickness of anti-fouling system to be decided by shipowner.
Intermittent operation in ice-covered polar waters
  • Abrasion resistant low friction ice coating.
  • In sides, above bilge keel, max thickness of anti-fouling system 75 µm, to protect hull between application of anti-fouling system and next anticipated voyage to ice-covered waters. In bottom area thickness to be decided by shipowner. Composition of anti-fouling system should also be decided by the shipowner.
Compliant with the AFS Convention. Thickness of anti-fouling system to be decided by shipowner.
Category B and C vessels Compliant with the AFS Convention. Thickness of antifouling system to be decided by shipowner. Compliant with the AFS Convention. Thickness of anti-fouling system to be decided by shipowner.

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Palace of Westminster
The first meeting of the Arctic Council’s Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum

This meeting took place 5-6 June 2017 at Lloyd’s Register Office, 71 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 4BS


Meeting summary Meeting agenda  Registrations
Meeting report (Final)  Meeting agenda (Final)   List of registration (Final)

The purpose of the Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum is to support effective implementation of the Polar Code by making publicly available at a web portal hyperlinks to information relevant to all those involved in safe and environmentally sound Arctic shipping, including vessels owners/operators, regulators, classification societies, marine insurers, and indigenous and local communities.

Examples of information that the planned web portal would hyperlink to are:
• Arctic Voyage Planning Guides (e.g., Canada’s Arctic Voyage Planning Guide);
• Sea ice information (e.g., U.S. National Ice Center’s Current Daily Ice Analysis);
• Marine insurance guidance (e.g., UK P&I Club’s Arctic Shipping: P&I Insurance FAQ);
• Industry guidelines for safe operations (e.g., the Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators Wildlife Guidelines); 

Information Papers submitted  
Insurance industry - position paper Download
AECO Information paper   Download 
WWF/CCU Submission   Download 
ESA Polar Code Decision Support System   Download 
Arctic Coast Guard Forum   Download 
Navigation in Ice - The Natutical Institute   Download 
Danish Maritime Authority - Information Paper    Download
ICC - Arctic Shipping Forum Information Paper   Download
International Ice Charting Working Group (IICWG) / JCOMM
Expert Team on Sea Ice (ETSI) - Information Paper
A summary of how IALA expects to advance safe and environmental
sound Arctic navigation and suggested information to be considered for
the Information Forum web portal.
USA - Example of hyperlinks Download
WMO - Information Paper Download

Presentations from the meeting            
Arctic States: Denmark Download 
Permanent Participants/Indigenous Peoples: ICC  Download
Arctic Council Observers: Republic of Korea   Download
Industry: Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators   Download
Intergovernmental Organizations: International Association of Marine
Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities

IMO video: The Polar Code explained
Forum title

The establishment of the Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum is in response to the newly adopted International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code) by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The aim of the Forum is to raise awareness of its provisions amongst all those involved in or potentially affected by Arctic marine operations and to facilitate the exchange of information and best practices between the Forum participants on specific shipping topics, including but not limited to; hydrography, search and rescue logistics, industry guidelines and ship equipment, systems and structure.

The Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum has created the following publicly accessible web-portal where Participants of the Forum have submitted information that can be used when considering their operations in accordance with the Polar Code.

Forum participation is open to Arctic States, Permanent Participants and Arctic Council Observers as well as any widely-recognized professional organization dedicated to improving safe and environmentally sound marine operations in the Arctic as demonstrated by expertise and experience in Arctic shipping and/or related issues.

In addition to information provided by Forum participants, under the specific chapters of the Polar Code, highlighted on this site, Arctic State Administrations (Canada, Kingdom of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russian Federation, Sweden and the United States of America) have provided guidance for Arctic operations.

PAME approved the Forum's Terms of Reference in 2017.

Disclaimer: Although Forum participants strive to ensure that the links selected for this Web portal reflect authoritative, accurate and current information, neither the Arctic States, the Arctic Council or the PAME Working Group make any guarantees about the information and disclaim any and all liability for errors or omissions the links may contain.



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