Navigation en hautes latitudes

 Thursday 19 November 2015 – 3pm / ENSM’s Marseille campus


The Arctic is one of the places on Earth where global warming is the fastest leading to a 6% decrease of the sea ice surface every year. The opportunity to use more accessible maritime routes for commercial trade during the summer is becoming significant. The savings made when following the Northern Sea Route between north Asian ports and Northern Europe are around 40% compared to the Suez Canal classical routes. And the access to energy resources is also becoming easier.

Nevertheless, navigation in these latitudes remains very technical and requires a thorough knowledge of the environment. ENSM is obviously interested in these stakes as the generation of officers that it is currently training will without a doubt sail in these latitudes in the next decades.


3.00 – Opening
by the campus’ head Cyrille Le Camus.

3.10 – Issues with navigating in high latitudes
by a 2nd year cadet-officer.

3.20 – Screening of Michel Rocard’s interview
Poles ambassador

3.50 – Organisation of ice navigation in the Baltic Sea
by Sophie Galvagnon, Officer on a Swedish ice breaker

4.20 – Navigation in Antarctica
by Stanislas Zamora, Astrolabe’s Master

4.50 – Arctic drift on sailing boat Tara
by Nicolas Quentin, former engineer officer on Tara, lecturer at ENSM.

5.20 – Training for ice navigation – Polar Code
by Yann Le Bellec, Chief officer for Ponant / Ice Officer.

5.50 – Conclusion and closing
by Hervé Baudu, lecturer in maritime education.