Canada arctic pollution prevention certificate replaced by the polar code certificate

After entry into force of the Polar Code, the Canadian flag administration has repealed their requirements for an Arctic Pollution Prevention Certificate. This statutory news explains the transfer from the Arctic Pollution Prevention Certificate to the Polar Code Certificate.

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Relevant for owners and managers operating vessels in Canadian polar waters.

The Canadian authorities have terminated their requirement for an Arctic Pollution Prevention Certificate and adopted the Polar Code as from December 2017. Compliance with the Polar Code is therefore required for entry into Canadian polar waters.

The Polar Code Certificate is not yet required for all ships. This is because compliance with the Polar Code for ships constructed before 1 January 2017 is not required until first intermediate or renewal survey after 1 January 2018. For ships not yet required to be provided with the Polar Code Certificate, no document of compliance will be required for entry into Canadian polar waters until the ships are required to comply with the Polar Code.

The Canadian authorities have not changed their restrictions with respect to Ice Class in Safety Control Zones, and these restrictions still apply to all ships. For further details, please visit the Canadian Government’s webpages.


Ship owners and managers with ships trading in Canadian polar waters must ensure that they have the required Polar Code certificates in place.


Canada’s Arctic waters pollution prevention act web page
DNV GL web page: dnvgl.com/maritime/polar 


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