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    The International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters: Step 2 addressing fishing vessels

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    Submitted by ASOC
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    Ms Claire Christian (Invited Experts,ASOC)

    This paper reports on progress at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on the adoption of a Polar Code for shipping in polar waters, and sets out the initial steps for a second phase on work that will address fishing vessels and other vessels not currently covered by the Code. The paper identifies the relevance for fishing vessels of various safety matters addressed in the Polar Code, on the basis of recent incidents in the Southern Ocean. Finally, it proposes measures on ice strengthening of fishing vessels and training of fishing vessel crews, which should be introduced by CCAMLR in the interim.