Polar Code Training

Basic and advanced level training courses for navigation officers operating ships in polar waters.

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Basic & Advanced Polar Code Training

Ships operating in the Arctic and Antarctic environments are exposed to a number of unique risks. These courses provide 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.


Key benefits

  • Course approval and certification delivered by Finnish Flag State in cooperation with Aboa Mare Maritime Training Center
  • Easy customization of training with tailor-made packages specially made to fit customer needs
  • State-of-the-art simulators with ship specific customizations for better ship resource management
  • Unique hands-on training infrastructure aiding learning
  • Cloud learning solutions allowing remote access from anywhere, anytime 

Key features

  • Polar Code Basic - 3 day course  covering basic requirements set by STCW Code A-V/4 and IMO Model Course 7.11: Basic Training for Ships in Polar Waters.
  • Polar Code Advanced - 3 day course covering advanced requirements set by STCW Code A-V/4 and IMO Model Course 7.12: Advanced training for ships in polar waters.
  • Polar Code Combined - 5 day course training course

Course Details

What you will learn

GigaMare Polar Code courses are delivered in cooperation with Aboa Mare Maritime Academy and Training Center - covering requirements set by STCW Code A-V/4 and IMO Model Course 7.11: Basic training for ships in polar waters and IMO Model Course 7.12: Advanced training for ships in polar waters. 

All aspects defined in IMO Polar Code and Model Course will be covered. The courses consists of classroom lectures and simulator exercises.

  • Effects of low temperature on people and ship systems
  • Effects of weather and current
  • Safe operation of equipment in cold conditions
  • Basic and advanced ship operation and maneuvering in polar waters
  • Basic and advanced voyage planning and navigation
  • Planning, preparing and taking icebreaker assistance
  • Ice types and characteristics as well as understanding sea ice types
  • Preparedness for emergency situations in Polar areas
  • Pollution prevention
  • Regulatory framework
  • Design of ice-going vessels 

Upon completing this training, the participant will

  • Understand the demands set by extremely cold conditions and darkness for personal safety and vessel equipment
  • Understand the demands set by sea ice to a navigating officer and be able to navigate in polar areas
  • Understand and counteract the effects of ice accumulation on vessel surfaces
  • Be prepared to safely operate vessel equipment in extreme conditions
  • Be prepared for emergencies in polar areas

Why us?

  • All our Polar Code instructors are experienced master mariners with several years of experience of operating in ice covered waters, cold climate and darkness
  • GigaMare's Polar Code training in partnership with Aboa Mare is approved by the Finnish Maritime Authorities (Traficom) 
  • GigaMare has provided simulator-based ice navigation training since 2006
  • GigaMare's simulator infrastructure provides excellent learning environment for Polar Code Training.
  • Aboa Mare participated in the planning process of the Polar Code IMO Model courses (7.11 and 7.12) and their first Polar Code course was delivered in 2016  

Courses are conducted online or on-site at GigaMare Campus, Subic Bay, Philippines or at Aboa Mare Maritime Academy and Training Center. Turku, Finland.


Knowledge is assessed with a written exam. Competences and skills are assessed through simulator assessment. 

Each participant that has completed the course successfully will be issued a certificate.

Approved by the Finnish Maritime Authorities (Traficom). 

Course recognition by flag state: Most EU flags, Bahamas, Malta, Singapore and Liberia. More information per request.


A trainee attending the course is required to fulfill minimum STCW II/1 reguirements for officers in charge of navigational watch.

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