Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum

In 2017, the Arctic Council’s Working Group on the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) established the Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum (Forum) in response to the adoption of the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code) by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The aim of the Forum is to promote effective implementation of and compliance with the Polar Code amongst all those involved in or potentially affected by Arctic marine operations. The Forum also is intended to facilitate the exchange of information and best practices among Forum participants on a broad arrange of Arctic shipping topics, including but not limited to; hydrography, search and rescue, communications, training, industry guidelines and ship equipment, systems and structure.

The Forum maintains a publicly accessible Web portal with information specific to each chapter of the Polar Code, at

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.

Any questions about the Forum may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Polar Code

The Polar Code entered into force on 1 January 2017 and is is intended to cover the full range of shipping-related matters relevant to navigation in waters surrounding the two poles – ship design, construction and equipment; operational and training concerns; search and rescue; and, equally important, the protection of the unique environment and eco-systems of the polar regions.


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