North American Arctic shipping forum to focus on Polar Code

By Elisabeth Bergquist, High North News - August 15, 2017
Icebreaker in the Arctic ocean cruising in pack ice. Symbolic for climate changes and global warming. Russian arctic north of Franz Josef Land. Shot against the sun close to the north pole. (Getty)
An icebreaker in the Arctic Ocean cruising in pack ice. (Getty)

An Arctic shipping forum set for this this fall in Montreal will focus on the Polar Code and what consequences its entering into force has for the shipping industry.

The Arctic Shipping Forum North America is the first big opportunity for many in the industry as well as for other stakeholders to discuss and understand what the Polar Code, which entered into force on Jan. 1, really means. The conference will take a close look at how the Polar Code will affect future ship design and technology, the environment and the infrastructure in the Arctic as well as the development and operation of search and rescue services in the High North.

The Arctic Shipping Forum North America, which runs from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, 2017, is the largest North American conference on shipping in the Arctic.

More than 50 experts and 150 business insiders from all over the Arctic as well as other areas will attend. Representatives from the shipping industry, governments, NGO’s, rescue services and others are well represented. Speakers include people from Norway, the United States, Canada, Russia and Finland.