The Polar Code and the Future of the Arctic

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    The Polar Code is a new document of the International Maritime Organization to begin to frame the safe use of the Polar region by the inevitable increased shipping traffic to the Arctic. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill outlines the code and hails its thoroughness while questioning the preparedness of increased maritime traffic and the risks involved to this highly vulnerable natural ecosystem.

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Resources from this Episode
International Maritime Organization Polar Code
Polar Code Full Text
About the IMO