Basic training for ships operated in polar regions

For who

Captains, Chief Officers and Officers in charge of Bridge watchkeeping onboard vessels operated in polar regions.

required Background

Persons holding a Captain or Chief Officer certificate for ships with a Gross Tonnage equal or superior to 500 UMS.


– Contribute to the operational safety of vessels operated in polar regions
–Monitor and ensure compliance to legal requirements
–Implement safe occupational practices, take actions in emergency situations
–Ensure compliance to requirements related to the prevention of pollution and prevent risks for the environment


34 hours (from Day 1-1.30 pm to Day 5-12.30 pm)


–Amended International convention STCW on the standards of seamen training, of delivery of watchkeeping certificates
– Section A-V/4 : minimal competence standard for the delivery of the basic training for ships operated in polar regions
– Table A-V/4-1
Decree dated 19 December 2016 related to the delivery of required titles for onboard service on ships operated in polar regions


Theoretical training:
–Ice type, classification and characteristics
–Ship performance in ice conditions and low air temperatures
–Operation and manoeuvring ability of the ship in ice conditions
–Basic requirement in the statutory framework
–Crew preparation status, working conditions and safety
–Pollution prevention and risks for the environment
Practical training:
–Ice types and concentrations
–Tides and currents in ice conditions
–Wind and currents impact on ice
–Safe speed in ice and iceberg conditions
–Safety measures while underway in ice conditions



teaching staff

–Certified maritime education professors
– Certified consultants

End of training assessment


Written exam :  Knowledge of the environment and its risks for a ship operating in ice conditions
Oral exam and simulator practice :  ability to safely manoeuvre in an ice-covered area



Satisfaction RATE

Asked about their training at the French Maritime Academy (ENSM), the trainees were satisfied at 99%.

Certification/STATEMENT rate

The certification / attestation rate for this training is 100%


3 000€

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