International Code for Ship’s Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code)


Polar Code Basic Training for Ship's Operating in Polar Waters

Polar Code Course Objective

Ships operating in the Arctic and Antarctic environments are exposed to a number of unique risks. This course provides training to navigation officers to operate ships in polar waters and to address additional provisions deemed necessary for consideration beyond existing requirements of the SOLAS and MARPOL Conventions, in order to take into account the climatic conditions of polar waters and to meet appropriate standards of maritime safety and pollution prevention


3 working days

Advanced Training for Ship's Operating in Polar Waters

Course Objective

Participants of this course will receive the training support they need to develop their competence and know-how to the safe operation and manoeuvring of vessels subject to the Polar Code. A trainee successfully completing the course will gain ability to contribute to safe operation of vessels operating in polar waters, understanding of ice characteristics, vessel performance in ice and low air temperature, and safe operations and ship manoeuvrability in ice. Latter part of the training will cover pollution prevention in polar waters.


2 working days

What you will learn during the training:

  • Effects of low temperature on people and ship systems

  • Preparedness for emergency situations in Polar areas

  • Voyage planning and navigation

  • Effects of weather and current

  • Ice types and characteristics

  • Icebreaker assistance

  • Pollution prevention

  • Regulatory framework

  • Design of ice-going vessels

Target Groups

Master and Deck officers

Course Approval and Certification

Finnish Flag State; delivered in cooperation with Aboa Mare