New regulations in Greenland

March 15th, 2016

At the end of 2015 three new orders were issued regarding Greenland:

  1. Act regarding Safe navigation for Greenland
  2. Act regarding Activities and obligations of pilots around Greenland
  3. Pilotage around Greenland

The new regulations are the result of a process that has been going on since 2012, during which time AECO and CLIA have successfully managed to influence the proposed new regulations in a number of ways beneficial to operators.

The new regulations differentiate between vessels carrying more than 250 passengers and vessels carrying less. Importantly, the regulations do not seem to impact operators of vessels carrying less than 250 passengers in any major way, and new requirements such as minimum ice class and mandatory pilotage requirements will only apply for passenger ships carrying more than 250.

The regulations applicable for passenger vessels carrying more than 250 passengers are similar to the international provisions of the Polar Code, but are supplemented in a number of areas such as: minimum ice class requirements, mandatory pilotage requirements, introduction of navigational zones and voyage planning / contingency plan requirements.

Please do not hesitate to contact AECO’s Secretariat should you have any questions regarding the new regulations.