DNV GL and the Danish Maritime Authority, following a survey, have confirmed that the AHTS Magne Viking, which is owned by Viking Supply Ships, complies with new IMO Polar Code.
DNV GL Maritime’s executive responsible for the Arctic and Polar activities Morten Mejlænder Larsen said: "Having followed the development of the Polar Code for some years, it is a great achievement to finally survey the first vessel to comply with the code."
Viking Supply Ships had decided to implement the IMO Polar Code due to its long experience of conducting operations in low temperatures and ice-covered waters of the Arctic region.
The process for IMO Polar Code requries companies to update vessels and equipment, as well as submit the required documentation.
Viking Supply Ships project director Andreas Kjøl said: "As this vessel was already winterised and built for operation in cold climate, most of the additional requirements in the Polar Code were already fulfilled before we started the implementation process."
Considered to be mandatory for all SOLAS vessels entering Arctic and Antarctic waters after 1 January 2017, the IMO Polar Code is an add-on to current IMO codes where the primary requirements are associated with safety (SOLAS) and protection of the environment (MARPOL).
On behalf of the Flag Authorities, DNV GL will issue the Polar Ship Certificate for vessels complying with the new code.
Due to less ice and easier access to polar waters, vessels have been increasingly operating in the Artic and Antartic waters, and IMO felt that there was a requirement for a common set of minimum parameters for vessels planning to operate in these areas not covered by other regulations.
The new international shipping code has been introduced as there has been an increase in offshore oil and gas activities.
Image: DNV GL certifies AHTS Magne Viking as being IMO Polar Code compliant. Photo: courtesy of Viking Supply Ships A / S.