Polar Code requirement:
Adequate thermal protection shall be provided for all persons on board, taking into account the intended voyage, the anticipated weather conditions (cold and wind), and the potential for immersion in polar water, where applicable.
Polar Code regulation:
For passenger ships, a proper sized immersion suit or a thermal protective aid shall be provided for each person on board and that where immersion suits are required, they shall be of the insulated type.
Insulated immersion suits for passengers and crew.
More information: IMO GUIDELINES FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF THERMAL PROTECTION MSC/Circ.1046
For maximum ease and simplicity of use, Hansen Protection recommend immersion suits that have built-in buoyancy as they eliminate the need to don a separate lifejacket. Hansen Protection immersion suits with built-in buoyancy are classified as lifejackets. Suits with built-in buoyancy offer maximum safety, comfort and freedom of movement. In addition, suits with built-in buoyancy save valuable space on board as no separate lifejacket is required. Space can be further reduced by individually vacuum packing suits.
SOLAS requires lifejackets for all persons on board. Immersion suits that do not have built-in buoyancy need a separate lifejacket. The choice of lifejacket will now be influenced by the Polar Code regulation that they be used over an insulated immersion suit (without built-in buoyancy).
Hansen Protection SeaLife lifejackets fullfill SOLAS requirements. In addition, they are designed to be practical, compact and spacesaving.
SOLAS regulations concerning lifejackets:
§2.3 "...shall not impede entry into the Iifeboat or seating, including operation of the seat belts in the lifeboat."
§2.4 "...the manner in which they are carried or worn, shall not interfere with entry into the lifeboat, occupant safety or operation of the lifeboat."
All Hansen Protection emergency immersion suits can be supplied vacuum packed and factory sealed - for longer life and lower costs. Vacuum packing saves space and ensures suits are always in perfect condition and ready for use. Vacuum packing lowers the mandatory service interval, simplifying service logistics, lowering costs and increasing safety and security.
The suits shown are insulated immersion suits for emergency use. Click on a type selector, then click a picture for details:
Anti-exposure suits for crew.
The Polar Code ackowledges rescue services may take at least 5 days to arrive in remote areas.
Polar Code requirement:
Resources shall be provided to support survival following abandoning ship, whether to the water, to ice or to land, for the maximum expected time of rescue. These resources shall provide: a habitable environment; protection of persons from the effects of cold, wind and sun; space to accommodate persons equipped with thermal protection adequate for the environment; means to provide sustenance; safe access and exit points; and means to communicate with rescue assets".
In order to comply:
Appropriate survival resources, which address both individual (personal survival equipment) and shared (group survival equipment) needs, shall be provided.
Polar Code regulation:
When required, personal and group survival equipment sufficient for 110% of the persons on board shall be stowed in easily accessible locations, as close as practical to the muster or embarkation stations.
What resources should be included in personal & group survival equipment?
Suggested equipment according to §9.1 Additional Guidance to Chapter 8 - Life-saving appliances and arrangements:
- Protective clothing (hat, gloves, socks, face and neck protection, etc.)
- Skin protection cream
- Thermal protective aid
- Drinking mug
- Polar survival guidance
- Emergency food
- Carrying bag
Suggested equipment according to §9.2 Additional Guidance to Chapter 8 - Life-saving appliances and arrangements:
- Shelter – tents or storm shelters or equivalent – sufficient for maximum number of persons
- Thermal protective aids or similar – sufficient for maximum number of persons
- Sleeping bags – sufficient for at least one between two persons
- Foam sleeping mats or similar – sufficient for at least one between two persons
- Shovels – at least 2
- Sanitation (e.g. toilet paper)
- Stove and fuel – sufficient for maximum number of persons ashore and maximum anticipated time of rescue
- Emergency food – sufficient for maximum number of persons ashore and maximum anticipated time of rescue
- Flashlights – one per shelter
- Waterproof and windproof matches – two boxes per shelter
- Signal mirror
- Water containers & water purification tablets
- Spare set of personal survival equipment
- Group survival equipment container (waterproof and floatable)
Through our Partner Network we supply fully compliant Personal & Group Survival Equipment sets.
Contact us for details.
How does the Polar Code affect you?
- Three Zones
- Ship Safety
- Escape & Evacuation
- Personal Life-safety
- Polar Ship Certificate
The purpose of the Polar Code is to provide for safe ship operation and environmental protection in the polar regions. It has two parts.
The Polar Code acknowledges that polar waters may impose additional demands on ships beyond those normally encountered. It provides a mandatory framework for ships operating in polar waters. It is implemented through amendments to SOLAS, MARPOL and the STCW. If you operate a SOLAS or MARPOL ship in Arctic or Antarctic waters your ship must comply with all or part of the Polar Code.
Part I safety requirements and Part I manning and training requirements apply to ships certified in accordance with SOLAS and which operate in polar waters.
Part II environmental protection requirements apply to ships that must comply with MARPOL and which operate in polar waters.
For non-SOLAS ships that are required to hold a MARPOL certificate (such as fishing vessels), only the Part II environmental protection requirements of the Polar Code apply.
Before the Polar Code, SOLAS had 2 zones - now there are 3.
The Polar Code builds a strong first line of defence.
The primary focus is on preventing catastrophic situations before they occur. Here, amongst other things, are vessel’s design and construction of paramount importance. It also considers how to minimize impact if a disaster should occur. It acknowledges the remoteness and extreme conditions of the areas, and that it may take rescue services at least 5 days to get to a vessel in distress.
Exposed escape routes shall remain accessible and safe, taking into consideration the potential icing of structures and snow accumulation
Survival craft and muster and embarkation arrangements shall provide safe abandonment of ship, taking into consideration the possible adverse environmental conditions during an emergency.
For ships exposed to ice accretion, means shall be provided to remove or prevent ice and snow accretion from escape routes, muster stations, embarkation areas, survival craft, its launching appliances and access to survival craft.
In addition, for ships constructed on or after 1 January 2017, exposed escape routes shall be arranged so as not to hinder passage by persons wearing suitable polar clothing; and for ships intended to operate in low air temperatures, adequacy of embarkation arrangements shall be assessed, having full regard to any effect of persons wearing additional polar clothing.
All life-saving appliances and associated equipment shall provide safe evacuation and be functional under the possible adverse environmental conditions during the maximum expected time of rescue.
Ships shall have means to ensure safe evacuation of persons, including safe deployment of survival equipment, when operating in ice-covered waters, or directly onto the ice, as applicable.
Thermal Lockers & Boxes.
The Polar Code requires all emergency equipment shall be immediately ready for use, even in sub-zero temperatures. It also requires that the equipment shall be stowed in easily accessible locations, as close as practical to the muster or embarkation stations. Deck storage requires heated storage units. Hansen Protection can offer solutions with EX grade heaters or standard heating.
Your last line of defence.
It’s not only the Cruise Industry that has discovered exciting potential in the Polar regions. It started with the oil industry. Special rigs now operate in the Barents Sea. Here hypothermia kills in minutes. The rigs’ crews are flown in by helicopter. For this, special survival suits have been developed by Hansen Protection and must be worn by everyone in case a helicopter ditches, or a rig be abandoned.
Hansen Protection have been manufacturing anti-exposure immersion suits since the mid 1970’s. The company's suits are not only the first choice for North Sea and Barents Sea oil workers, they have already been chosen by some of the foremost cruise operators opening the Polar regions.
Despite our immersion suits being the best available, we hope they are never used.
But remember! When all else fails, insulated immersion suits and thermal protection aids from Hansen Protection are your last line of defence. They are your personal protection against the polar elements.
§2.1 Life-saving appliances
1 Total number of immersion suits with insulation:
1.1 for crew
1.2 for passengers
2 Total number of thermal protective aids
§3 Personal and Group Survival Equipment
1 Personal survival equipment – for number of persons
2 Group survival equipment – for number persons
Rules for passenger ships on Svalbard
This information applies for Norwegian and foreign passenger ships operating in the Norwegian territorial waters at Svalbard. The information applies to ships operating at Svalbard for a longer period and for ships on an international voyage, visiting the archipelago.
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