It’s been a full year since the IMO launched the Polar Code to enhance the protection of seafarers and the environment in Arctic and Antarctic regions. As shipowners and operators now scramble to ensure compliance, VIKING Life-Saving Equipment stands ready to throw them a lifeline. As the only global provider, the company offers a complete range of safety solutions for passenger and cargo vessels operating under the Polar Code. “Like the Poles themselves, Polar safety is uncharted territory to many operators. Founded in Denmark and with the likes of Greenland, Iceland and the Baltics as our local markets, VIKING has gained decades of relevant experience. Working with navies, arctic shipping companies, expedition cruise operators, arctic offshore operators and SAR services, we know what it takes to specify efficient safety solutions for Polar applications,” says Benny Carlsen, VIKING SVP of Global Sales. He continues: “As a global leader in maritime safety, we're dedicated to raising the transparency of the Code, making it as simple as possible to remain safe and compliant. And while we’re delighted to share our experience and best recommendations for product selection, we’re also keen to welcome anyone interested in Polar safety for dialogue and knowledge sharing.” While the Polar Code relies on goal-based rather than prescriptive standards, and with specific solutions subject to approval by a relevant flag state or its Recognized Organization, compliance can be a complicated matter. “As the first and only global provider, VIKING offers a complete range of safety products and solutions for Polar applications and our global team of experts stand ready to assist in specifying the optimal solution for any operational environment”, Benny Carlsen states. When it comes to specific safety solutions, VIKING clams to be the first to develop special Polar liferafts operational down to -50° C, along with Polar immersion suits tested down to -62° C. Both solutions are widely used by operators navigating cold and icy waters today. In addition, VIKING has developed special winterised marine and offshore evacuation systems for safe mass evacuation in cold climates, while an exhaustive portfolio of life-saving and firefighting appliances serves as a guarantee that VIKING can always put together a complete safety package, including personal and group survival kits, as specified in the Polar Code.