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MS Bremen receives Polar Ship Certificate

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises have announced that its expedition ship, MS Bremen, is one of the first passenger vessels to receive a Polar Ship Certificate.

New regulations brought in by International Maritime Organisation mean that the Polar Ship Certificate will be mandatory for any passenger vessels operating in polar waters by January 2018. The certificate demands that ships meet a strict set of requirements regarding their construction, equipment and the training of its crew, with a focus on improving safety and environment preservation when operating in the Arctic or Antarctica.

The 155-capacity MS Bremen has been in service for Hapag-Lloyd cruises since 1993 and underwent two-years of intensive planning and preparation in order to meet the criteria required to receive its Polar Ship Certificate.

MS Bremen’s captain, Thilo Natke, who oversaw the preparation period for Hapag Lloyd said:

“The Polar Code will improve the safety of navigation in polar waters significantly. We have taken a pioneering step in certifying the MS Bremen and paved the way for the other ships in the fleet of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises to comply with the Polar Code. I am happy to have contributed”.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises intend to have their other expedition ships certified in time for the Arctic season in 2018 so that they can operate in the regions successfully.

The first non-passenger ship to be awarded the certificate was the Shturman Albanov, an Arctic shuttle tanker which achieved compliance with the regulations in December 2016.

Read more: The international code for ships operating in polar waters