Basic Training for Ships Operating in Polar Waters

The purpose of the course is to provide training to navigation officers to operate ships in polar waters and to meet the mandatory minimum STCW requirements for the training and qualifications of masters and deck officers on ships operating in polar waters, specifically as these apply to Tables A-V/4-1 “Specifications of minimum standard of competence in basic training for ships operating in polar waters”.

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course the successful student will have reliably demonstrated:

  • Ability to contribute to safe operation of vessels in polar waters
  • Understanding of ice characteristics and areas where different types of ice can be expected in the area of operation
  • Understanding of vessel performance in ice and low air temperature
  • Understanding of safe operations and ship manoeuvrability in ice
  • Awareness to monitor and ensure compliance with legislative requirements
  • Understanding to apply safe working safe working practices and to respond to emergencies
  • Understanding and awareness of correct crew preparation, working conditions and safety
  • Understanding the need to ensure compliance with pollution prevention requirements and prevent environmental hazards, and
  • Understanding skills to perform manoeuvres in order to safely operate ships in polar waters.

Required Course Materials

The following items will be supplied to the student by WMI:

  • Course Manual
  • Nautical & Ice Charts

IMO references:

  • International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (SOLAS 1974), as amended
  • International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, as amended
  • International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), Consolidated Edition 2011
  • Medical First Aid Guide (MFAG)
  • International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code)
  • International Safety Management Code (ISM Code)
  • IMO Guide to Cold Water Survival (2012)
  • IMO Intact Stability Code (2008)notes

Course Duration
34 Hours

Students must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in this course.

Course Availibility

Location Start Date End Date Tuition Status
Ladysmith May 16, 2022 May 20, 2022 $2800 CLOSED

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