Polar Code

Polar Code

Ships operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters are exposed to numerous risks. As such, they are subject to specific regulatory frameworks to ensure ship safety in extreme conditions. The Polar Code is a mandatory compliance standard that provides for safe ship operation and environmental protection in polar waters. It covers design, construction, equipment maintenance, as well as search and rescue.   

Ships encounter some of the world’s most extreme sea conditions when traversing polar waters. Sub-zero temperatures can damage ship equipment and components, and ice can impose additional loads on hull and propulsion systems. To navigate these harsh conditions, shipowners must ensure their new ships comply with the Polar Code, as well as SOLAS and MARPOL requirements. Existing ships must comply with Polar Code standards by their next intermediate, or renewal survey.  

  • Our comprehensive range of advisory services offers clients support in preparing ships for certification
  • Our in-depth knowledge of the Polar Code—recognized by 140 flag administrations—ensures your ship is suitably assessed according to rigorous specifications

Full support services

Bureau Veritas Solutions Marine & Offshore supports you through each stage of Polar Code compliance, including initial assessment, ship systems evaluation, and preparation of equipment documentation.  

Bureau Veritas Solutions Marine & Offshore provides a full range of advisory services to help vessels achieve compliance with the Polar Code. Our services include operational, equipment, and systems assessment; polar operations capabilities definition; ship structural analysis; and stability calculations.



What is Bureau Veritas Solutions Marine & Offshore

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Bureau Veritas Solutions Marine & Offshore is the Technical Advisory, Asset Management and Assurance Solutions provider within our Marine & Offshore activities. These services shall be performed independently from Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore regulated activities, such as classification and statutory certification.