It is expected that the new mandatory Polar Code will be finalized in 2014, and come into effect in 2016. Ships covered by the Code will be required to have a Polar Ship Certificate, and a new set of on-board documentation. The Code will also address the crewing requirements for polar ships. The new Code is broad in scope, covering design, equipment and operational issues. This paper outlines the areas which it covers, the obligations that the Code will impose on a range of stakeholders and some of the main challenges that they are likely to face.

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