As yet, there is no consensus among nations with Arctic territory on a single legislative standard for operations there, and as such, risk casualties facilitated by the abuse of loopholes in existing regulations. IUMI hopes the declaration will be signed by operators of ships, drilling rigs, and other marine infrastructure to promote high standards in Arctic operations.
“IUMI fully endorses the idea behind the declaration, with the objective to promote best practice on a reasonable basis and prevent the risk of emergencies,” said IUMI secretary General Lars Lange. “While not a natural signatory to the declaration, IUMI supports in principle the concept of this voluntary, non-binding document. IUMI fully supports a mandatory Polar Code through the IMO; meanwhile we welcome this voluntary initiative for the industry to take a proactive approach when operating in the Arctic.”