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Introduction to Polar Code

Polar Waters

Online Training & Certification Course

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This course is designed to teach polar shipping crew members about the hazards and safety measures involved in traversing the polar regions. The Arctic and the Antarctic are some of the most remote and challenging environments on Earth. Operating in these regions presents unique challenges, and familiarity with safe operating procedures is critical. This course will familiarize crew members with the contents of the Polar Code, including the Polar Water Operations Manual, and survival basics.

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What are the governing regulations?
The Polar Code was developed to address issues specific to the remote areas and harsh climates of the two poles. These conditions make for vulnerable vessels, at a time when forecasts indicate that polar shipping is expected to increase. In order to best protect polar environments, ships, and their crews, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has refined regulations in respect to the unique risks undertaken by vessels traversing the Arctic and Antarctic waters.

The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) is an international maritime treaty with over 160 contracting states and is responsible for setting minimum safety standards in regard to the construction, operation, and equipment of merchant vessels. The IMO also developed one of the most influential marine environmental conventions, the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, now known as MARPOL.

Who must take this training?
Chapter 12 of the Polar Code on manning and training says that companies must ensure that masters, chief mates and officers in charge of a navigational watch on board ships operating in polar waters have completed appropriate training, taking into account the provisions of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) and its related STCW Code.

This course is intended for use by Chief and training personnel to educate ship crew.

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Click to Learn More What are the consequences of not training?

Case Study: In August of 2018, the Anahita, an 11-meter sailboat, attempted to traverse the Northwest Passage. An official warning had gone out days before regarding the dangerous ice conditions in the area, and a clear path through the passage was not open. The men of the Anahita deliberately decided to ignore the warning issued and attempt the crossing as an adventure.

While sailing through the Bellot Strait, the ship became caught between two pieces of drift ice and was crushed, causing it to leak, then subsequently sink. The two Argentinians sailing the boat were able to activate an emergency beacon prior to having to abandon the ship and seek shelter on an ice floe. The men had the necessary water, food, warm clothing, and a life raft needed to survive.

The Canadian Coast Guard was able to rescue the men via helicopter.

Key Takeaway: It is always important to heed the warnings issued. By not doing so, these men put themselves at risk as well as search and rescue resources.

Click to Learn More Course topics.

Specific topics covered in this course include:

  • About This Course
  • Introduction to Polar Code
    • Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)
    • MARPOL
    • Definitions and Key Terms
    • Polar Regions: The Arctic and the Antarctic
    • Ice Age by Measurement
    • Ship Categories
    • Polar Class
    • Polar Hazards
  • General Requirements of the Polar Code
    • Polar Ship Certificate
    • The Record of Equipment for the Polar Ship Certificate
    • Standards
    • Operational Assessments
    • Polar Water Operations Manual
      • Polar Water Operations Manual Sample from the IMO
      • Operational Capabilities and Limitations
      • Operation in Ice
      • Operation in Low Air Temperatures
      • Communication and Navigation Capabilities in High Latitudes
      • Voyage Duration
    • PWOM Ship Operations
      • Strategic Planning
      • Arrangements for Receiving Forecasts of Environmental Conditions
      • Verification of Hydrographic, Meteorological, and Navigational Information
      • Operation of Special Equipment
      • Procedures to Maintain Equipment and System Functionality
      • Risk Management
        • Risk Mitigation in Limiting Environmental Condition
        • Emergency Response
        • Coordination with Emergency Response Services
        • Procedures for Maintaining Life Support and Ship Integrity in the Event of Prolonged Entrapment by Ice
        • Joint Operations
          • Navigating with Icebreaker Assistance
          • Ship Structure
          • Ship Stability
          • Stability in Intact Conditions
          • Stability in Damaged Conditions
          • Watertight and Weathertight
          • Machinery
          • Fire Safety and Protection
        • Survival Regulation
          • Escape
          • Evacuation
          • Survival
          • Survival Basics
          • Working in Cold Environments
          • How the Body Maintains Internal Temperature
          • How the Body Reacts to Cold Conditions
          • Contributing Factors
          • Cold Stress Illnesses and Injuries
          • Stages of Hypothermia
          • Moderate Hypothermia
          • Severe Hypothermia
          • Hypothermia First Aid Treatment
          • Frostbite
          • Chilblains
          • Engineering Controls
          • Work Practice Controls
          • Personal Survival Equipment and Use
          • Immersion Suits
          • Group Survival Equipment and Use
        • Communication
          • Requirements and Regulations for Ship Communications
          • Requirements and Regulations for Survival Craft and Rescue Boat Communications Capabilities
        • Employer and Employee Responsibilities
          • Training
          • Voyage Planning
        • Pollution in the Polar Regions
          • Prevention of Pollution
          • Oil and Oily Water
          • Oil Related Structural Requirements for Category A and Category B Ships
          • Noxious Liquid Substances
          • Categories of Noxious Liquid Substances
          • Sewage
          • Garbage in the Arctic
          • Garbage in the Antarctic
        • Summary
        • Final Exam
Click to Learn More Course format.

Our Polar Code training and certification course consists of content, graphics, audio, non-scored quiz questions and a final exam.

Click to Learn More How long is the course?

It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.

Click to Learn More How long do I have to complete this course?

We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course.

Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity then you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.

Click to Learn More How often is retraining or recertification required?

According to the International Chamber of Shipping intended to assist shipowners and operators with preparations for compliance with the Polar Code and the associated training and certification requirements:

Masters, chief mates or officers in charge of navigational watch, for continuing seagoing service on board ships operating in polar waters, at intervals not exceeding 5 years, will be required to establish continued professional competence for ships operating in polar waters.
Click to Learn More How soon is the certificate of completion issued?

Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a printable certificate and wallet card for proof of your Introduction to Polar Code online training.

Click to Learn More Continuing education credits?

Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.

Click to Learn More Additional related courses I may wish to purchase.

If you don't already have a copy, you'll need to purchase the IMO Polar Code both for reference purposes in your day to day shipping operations, and while taking this course.

Courses purchased through selected UK partners\third parties have a 14 day refund policy from the day of their purchase, providing the learner has not accessed / logged into their course(s).

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