The International Chamber of Shipping has issued a report about the future governance of Arctic waters and shipping, intended for high-level policymakers in environmental and foreign ministries who may not be regularly engaged in shipping issues.
The report stressed the importance of Arctic nations’ respecting the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and relevant International Maritime Organization codes. It also outlines ICS’s approach toward the development of the IMO Polar Code, which is expected to be finalized in 2013.
“As the volume of Arctic shipping gradually increases, there is a growing awareness about the need for a high degree of care when ships navigate Arctic waters,” said ICS Director of External Relations Simon Bennett in a written statement. “However, the proper forum for addressing these concerns is the International Maritime Organization, which is currently developing a Polar Code that is expected to be mandatory. It is most important that Arctic nations avoid unilateral measures that might cut across IMO Conventions or the provisions of UNCLOS.”