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Polar Code Basic On-Site Course

3-day on-site course covering basic requirements set by STCW Code A-V/4 and IMO Model Course 7.11: Basic Training for Ships in Polar Waters.

Basic requirements defined in IMO Polar Code and Model Course are part of the course. All aspects defined in IMO Polar Code and Model Course will be covered. The course consists of classroom lectures and simulator exercises and is delivered 100% on-site, thus physical attendance is required.

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3 days / 24 hours


EUR 1500,00 VAT 0%


Aboa Mare Maritime Academy Training Center. Turku, Finland

Training method

Classroom lectures; simulator exercises.

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
  • Understand 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.
  • Effects of low temperature on people and ship systems
  • Effects of weather and current
  • Safe operation of equipment in cold conditions
  • Basics of ship operation and maneuvering in polar waters
  • Voyage planning and navigation
  • Basics of icebreaker assistance
  • Ice types and characteristics
  • Preparedness for emergency situations in Polar areas
  • Pollution prevention
  • All our Polar Code instructors have extensive ice navigation experience
  • Our Polar Code training is approved by the Finnish Maritime Authorities (Traficom)
  • We are specialized in simulator training and R&D projects to enhance safety and sustainability of Arctic shipping as well as shipping in other ice-covered waters. We have for instance participated in ice related projects like Winmos 1&2 and ASTP (Arctic Simulator Training Program).
  • We have provided simulator-based ice navigation training since 2006
  • We participated in the planning process of the Polar Code IMO Model courses (7.11 and 7.12) and our first Polar Code course was delivered in 2016
  • We have developed and delivered specialized Azipod® ice operation training for ABB Marine and Ports since 2016
  • Finland’s sea routes are icebound every year and we have a deep understanding of operating ships in winter and ice conditions
Course codePCB
Course titlePolar Code Basic On-Site
Student profileMasters, chief officers and navigating officers required to have completed Polar Code Basic training. Ship owner personnel working with ships operating in polar areas and authorities wanting to have a basic understanding of the demands set by polar operations to personnel and ships and their equipment.
PrerequisitesA trainee attending the course is required to fulfill minimum STCW II/1 requirements for officers in charge of a navigational watch.
Training personnelExperienced master mariners with several years of experience of operating in ice covered waters, cold climate and darkness.
Course complianceSTCW Section A-V/4, paragraph 1. IMO model courses 7.11
EquipmentTransas full mission simulators
AssessmentKnowledge is assessed with a written exam. Competences and skills are assessed through simulator assessment.
CertificationEach participant that has completed the course successfully will be issued a certificate.
Individual courseYes
Flag approvalThe Polar Code training is approved by the Finnish Maritime Authorities (Traficom)
Course recognition by flag stateMost EU flags, Bahamas, Malta, Singapore and Liberia. More information on request.

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