THE Nautical Institute has announced a new training program aimed at helping mariners gain competence navigating in ice.
The Ice Navigator Training and Certification Scheme was developed in response to rapidly growing demand for ships’ officers with proven expertise in handling ships in ice.
The scheme is designed to complement the IMO’s Polar Code, the course is not restricted to polar regions – it is focused on actual ship handling and operation of vessels in ice-covered waters worldwide.
Speaking at the course’s launch function, Nautical Institute president, Captain Duke Snider, said operating ships within any ice regime required specialist knowledge, skills and a level of awareness beyond those of the majority of mariners.
“This course will help to equip ships’ officers to meet the unique challenges posed by navigating in ice,” he said.
“Those who hold the NI Ice Navigator Certificate will be able to prove their ice-readiness to potential employers worldwide.”
The scheme is open to those who hold, or are studying towards, a deck officer qualification.
Participants must demonstrate practical competence on board and in simulator exercises, and show a thorough understanding of ice regimes including ice physics; operations in sea ice; hazards; search and rescue; and weather.
A participant who can prove they have prior experience in ice may be eligible for the award of either a Level 1 or Level 2 Ice Navigator Certificate.