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IAATO-Lloyd's Register workshop fosters Polar Code readiness

IAATO-Lloyd's Register workshop fosters Polar Code readiness
Challenges facing flag administrations, classification societies, insurance companies and ship operators to implement IMO's Polar Code were addressed during a workshop in London.

Facilitated by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators and Lloyd's Register, the workshop brought together experienced polar captains, nautical managers and executives from more than 21 companies that are members of IAATO, Cruise Lines International Association and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators.

They met with representatives of the regulatory, insurance, research and resupply sectors.

The workshop concluded with a two-day Lloyd's risk assessor-facilitated session focused on the processes needed to develop a Polar Waters Operations Manual and define operational limitations.

Lloyd's Register's Rob Hindley said the workshop provided an important opportunity to address the challenges flag administrations and classification societies face in working toward consistent and applicable procedures before the Polar Code comes into force.

Mark van der Hulst of Oceanwide Expeditions and chair of IAATO's marine committee called the workshop another good example of IAATO, CLIA and AECO member operators working together, sharing experiences and developing industry best practices.