This week in a meeting hosted by Norway in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, the Nordic Engineer Officers’ Federation discussed several topics, most importantly The Polar Code.

The Polar Code is intended to cover the full range of shipping-related matters relevant to navigation in waters surrounding the two poles – ship design, construction, and equipment; operational and training concerns; search and rescue; and, equally important, the protection of the unique environment and eco-systems of the polar regions.