Polar Ship Operations: A Practical Guide, 2nd Edition 2018


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• by Captain Duke Snider FNI
• Ice operations
• Passage planning in polar ice regions
• Shiphandling in ice
• Emergency and environmental response

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Polar Ship Operations: A Practical Guide, 2nd Edition 2018

Interest in the polar regions is growing as the season for accessing these remote and hostile areas is lengthening. The nascent shipping ventures in these regions face new challenges and risks and this hard, unforgiving environment requires diligence and deliberation in the planning and execution of voyages.

Operating ships within any ice regime requires knowledge, skills and awareness beyond that of many mariners, particularly when sailing in waters affected by hard multi-year and glacial ice. Should things go wrong, little assistance is available in polar regions, so mariners must be self-sufficient. 

Captain Snider brings the full benefit of his extensive experience in polar shipping and as a highly qualified ice navigator to describe the human, technical, environmental and operational challenges of transiting polar seas. This new edition has been updated to take account of IMO’s Polar Code, which came into force in 2017.


Chapter 1 Environment, climate and climate change
Chapter 2 Polar regions: general geography and infrastructure
Chapter 3 Ice
Chapter 4 Preparation for cold weather: equipment and personnel
Chapter 5 Ice operations
Chapter 6 Passage planning in polar ice regions
Chapter 7 Shiphandling in ice
Chapter 8 Emergency and environmental response and insurance
Appendix 1 Bridge checklist
Appendix 2 Engine room checklists
Appendix 3 Deck preparation checklist
Appendix 4 Lifesaving and firefighting equipment checklists
Appendix 5 Glossary of Terms and List of abbreviations


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