From January 2018 it will be mandatory for all ships operating in the polar regions to have a Polar Ship Certificate, as mandated by The International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code), with regulations covering everything from a ship’s construction and equipment to training and crews. The Polar Code is intended to increase the safety of ships and pay greater attention to environmental protection.
The Polar Ship Certificate confirms compliance with the Code and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ 4-star expedition cruise ship, the 155-passenger MS BREMEN has become one of the first passenger ships in the world to receive the Polar Ship Certificate, following a two-year long phase of intense preparation. All other ships in the fleet are also due to meet the requirements of the Polar Code by the Arctic season in 2018.
“The Polar Code will improve the safety of navigation in polar waters significantly. We have taken a pioneering step in certifying the BREMEN and paved the way for the other ships in the fleet of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises to comply with the Polar Code. I am happy to have contributed”, says Captain Thilo Natke, who oversaw the certification process for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.
BREMEN will be operating three international cruises during the 2018/2019 season, including sailing to the North East Passage in the Summer of 2018.
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