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Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum's


Forum Participants

Forum Participation is for those 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..

Click here to read more about the over 50 Forum Participants

Arctic State Administration pages

The Forum includes a section with information that each Arctic State and their relevant agencies consider important for operators, flag states, and other interested parties, to consider when applying Polar Code requirements.

Click here to go to the Administration page

Fourth meeting of the Forum

Forum Agenda 7 Oct Final draft Page 1The fourth meeting of the Arctic Council’s Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum will take place via the GoToMeeting videoconference platform on 24-25 November 2020. The virtual meeting will convene for three hours on each of these days.

The Forum's web-portal is available here.

The purpose of the Forum is to support effective implementation of the IMO Polar Code by making publicly available on a dedicated web portal information relevant to all those involved in safe and environmentally sound Arctic shipping, including shipowners/operators, regulators, classification societies, marine insurers, and indigenous and local communities. The theme of this fourth annual Forum meeting was The Polar Code: Trending Toward Success.

The Forum places particular emphasis on collecting information of use to Maritime Administrations and Recognized Organizations in issuing Polar Ship Certificates and conducting Operational Assessments, as well as information used by shipowners and operators in developing Polar Water Operational Manuals.

Meeting documents:



Michael Kingston: Forum Web-Portal Development

Hjalti Hreinsson: Shipping in the Arctic Polar Code area

Heike Deggim: Update from IMO