MS Bremen – the first passenger ship to receive the Polar Ship Certificate
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ 4-star expedition cruise ship, MS Bremen, has become the first passenger ship in the world to receive the Polar Ship Certificate.
The International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (polar Code) contains regulations concerning the ships’ construction, equipment and training and their crews that intend to operate in the polar regions. Issued by the classification society DNV GL, the Polar Ship Certificate confirming compliance with the Polar Code will be mandatory for all ships from January 2018. The Polar Code is intended to increase the safety of ships and pay greater attention to environmental protection.
Certain technical modifications have to be carried out onboard the ships in order for them to meet the requirements of the Polar Code. For instance, fire lines located on deck were fitted with additional insulation and an addition ice spotlight was installed when the BREMEN was in dock in October 2016. A wide range of extra equipment has also been sourced in order to ensure the survival of passengers and crew members in potential emergencies in the polar regions.
Bremen will be operating 3 international cruises during the 2018/19 season, including sailing to the North East Passage in the summer of 2018.