Ship sailing in the Arctic© iStock New Report Released on Flag States of Ships in the Arctic 19 December 2023OceanProtection of the Arctic Marine EnvironmentArctic Shipping Status Reports The Arctic Council’s Working Group on the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) issued its fourth Arctic Shipping Status Report – Flag States of Ships in the Arctic: 2022 The Arctic Council’s Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment Working Group (PAME) releases Arctic Shipping Status Reports that illustrate diverse topics related to Arctic shipping. The newly released report analyzes the number of ships operating in the Arctic in 2022 by their Flag State. It also provides a basic summary of some of the legal rights and obligations of Flag States and ships flying their flags when operating in the Arctic. In total, there were 1661 unique ships that entered the Arctic Polar Code area in 2022. Of these ships, there were 42 Flag States represented. The number of ships represented by the eight Arctic States was 1349. Ninety-six ships were represented by Arctic Council Observer States.