Beyond the Polar Code: Enhancing Seafarer Safety along the Northern Sea Route

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No part of the world is experiencing climate change at a rate as fast as the Arctic. Within years, traditional ways of life are becoming impossible to maintain. Everybody who is living and working in the Arctic has to adapt to rapidly changing realities. Many dangers which are common to the Arctic remain persistent while new dangers emerge. In addition, climate change leads to new actors entering the Arctic region. This includes also seafarers who are working on ships which are merely going through the Arctic, for example along Russia’s Northern coast, the so called Northern Sea Route or North-East Passage (in analogy to the North-West Passage). Crews as well as individual seafarers without prior Arctic experience can be particularly under threat. Based on earlier research concerning the need for enhanced seafarer training in the Arctic, this text will show that the Polar Code as it is today is not enough to provide for a (at least relatively) safe working environment on board vessels which are operating in Arctic waters
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-373
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Siberian Federal University : Humanities & Social Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Field of science

  • International political science


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