Arctic Shipping Forum meets to move forward best practice in far north

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) was offering advice and guidance at the third Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum, held in London, UK, on June 3rd and 4th. The forum event was hosted by the US at its London Embassy.

The Forum, organized by the Arctic Council, supports the effective implementation of IMO’s Polar Code. This year’s theme was “‘From Theory to Practice”. It was attended by representatives from a range of stakeholders with an interest in safe and environmentally sound Arctic shipping, including shipowners and operators, regulators, classification societies, marine insurers, and indigenous and local communities.

In a video message to open the meeting, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said, ” IMO is fully aware of the benefits of a collaborative approach and its objectives can only be met if all stakeholders are involved and take on their responsibilities.” IMO recently became an Arctic Council Observer.

The Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum was established in 2017 by the eight Arctic States (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the US) to help raise awareness and to promote the effective implementation of the Polar Code.