Polar Code Operations

Study Polar Ice Operations at City of Glasgow College

The shipping industry has recognised for a number of years that vessels need to be operated with heightened safely in the Polar Regions if such areas are to be protected. Through global warming, the increased melting of Arctic sea ice has extended the navigation season for ships. Thus the North East and North West passages have seen an increase in activity. It is foreseen that the volume of traffic will continue to grow and diversify in the Arctic region, so protecting this fragile environment becomes more vital.

Recognising the issues the IMO (International Maritime Organisation), in November 2014, adopted the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code), and related amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). This is aimed at protecting both the ships and people aboard them in the extreme conditions which may be encountered in the Polar Regions. The SOLAS amendments come into force on 1st January 2017.

City of Glasgow College is offering this training at two levels. Basic Training is for officers in charge of a navigational watch and will cover ice characteristics, regulations, vessels characteristics, manoeuvring, planning, icebreaker assistance, crew preparation and environment across 5 days. The Advanced Training for Masters and mates will additionally cover regulations, advanced vessel characteristics, detailed manoeuvring, planning, detailed icebreaker operations and safety over 4 days.

More information on each course can be found by following the links below:

This 5-day course provides training to navigation officers to operate ships in polar waters and is designed to meet the Mandatory minimum STCW requirements for the training and qualifications of masters and deck officers on ships operating in polar waters.

  • Advanced Training for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (coming soon).

This 4-day course will equip candidates with the skills required to be in charge of a bridge team operating in ice conditions. Training will cover various aspects of ship operations in polar waters, taking into account safety measures, voyage planning, manoeuvring, pollution prevention, operational practice and obligations under applicable law and regulations.

Contact us for dates and prices for the Advanced Polar Ice Operations course.