New rules for ships operating in the Arctic and Antarctic are almost ready, with a deal likely next year, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) said ahead of negotiations next week.
The environmental provisions of the Polar Code will be restricted to discharges of oil, noxious liquids, sewage and rubbish.
The Code will extend the area in which oil discharges are prohibited, but a ban on oil discharges from ships operating in ice looks set to be implemented only after a five-year phasing in period.
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