POLARCODE – Matching safety and environmental regulations of the International Maritime Organisation’s polar code in Finland

​The code will come in force January 1, 2017 and the related changes in the STCW Convention January 1st, 2018. The implementation of the Polar code in Finland requires studying certain specific questions concerning safety and environmental issues, adopting new modus operandi, and reconciliation of the actions of several administrative branches.

The aim of the POLARCODE project is to collect and summarize existing information needed in the implementation of the Polar Code and to give recommendations concerning in particular the different options for execution of safety and environmental regulations in Finland. The aim of the study is to get a comprehensive picture of the present situation, changes required, and the different options available regarding the implementation of the code.

Specific questions that are addressed in the project include e.g. how the vessel crew qualification training required by the Code should be organised in Finland; in which arctic ice circumstances  vessels with an ice classification given according to the Finnish-Swedish ice class system can safely sail in arctic waters and how this framing should be written in the Polar Water Operations Manual approved by the Flag state; what is the applicability of existing ballast water purification systems in Arctic conditions; and what are the technical and operational measures to prevent short-term greenhouse gas emissions produced by vessels, in particular black carbon emissions.

The project starts in September 1, 2015 and ends in February 28, 2016. It is implemented in collaboration between Brahea Centre at the University of Turku, Centre for Maritime Studies (CMS) and Thule Institute at the University of Oulu as a part of implementation of the Finnish Government Plan for Analysis, Assessment and Research 2015 (

Further information:

Brahea Centre at the University of Turku, Centre For Maritime Studies

Johanna Yliskylä-Peuralahti (Responsible director of the project)
Tel. +358 40 154 5936, 

Senior Planning Manager Katariina Ala-Rämi
Tel. +358 50 379 8809,

Training Manager Risto Rova
050 381 7574,

University of Oulu, Thule-institute

Development Manager Eva Pongracz
Tel. +358 294 487417,