CG-OES Policy Letter 01-16 provides guidelines for the training of personnel on vessels subject to the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code). “Polar Waters” are defined as including the Arctic and Antarctic. The latter are defined as follows:
- Antarctic Waters are those waters south of 60° South.
Arctic Waters means those waters which are located north of a line extending from latitude 58º00 ́.0 N, longitude 042º00 ́.0 W to latitude 64°37 ́.0 N, longitude 035°27 ́.0 W and thence by a rhumb line to latitude 67º03 ́.9 N, longitude 026º33 ́.4 W and thence by a rhumb line to Sørkapp, Jan Mayen and by the southern shore of Jan Mayen to the Island of Bjørnøya and thence by a great circle line from the Island of Bjørnøya to Cap Kanin Nos and thence by the northern shore of the Asian continent eastward to the Bering Strait and thence from the Bering Strait westward to latitude 60º N as far as Il’pyrskiy and following the 60th North parallel eastward as far as and including Etolin Strait and thence by the northern shore of the North American continent as far south as latitude 60º N and thence eastward along parallel of latitude 60ºN, to longitude 56º37 ́.1 W and thence to the latitude 58º00 ́.0 N, longitude 042º00 ́.0 W.