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The Nautical Institute issues new guidance for polar shipping


Interest in the polar regions is rising rapidly as the season for accessing these remote and hostile areas is lengthening. Recognising that this is a critical time for polar shipping, The Nautical Institute has published a new edition of its highly acclaimed Polar Ship Operations – A Practical Guide, by Captain Duke Snider FNI.

Sea ice loss is happening faster than expected, resulting in more variable conditions. As a result, even well-established ship operators are facing extra challenges, while for new operators these waters can present unexpected hazards in regions virtually devoid of support infrastructure. Operators also need to understand and comply with new regulations, notably the Polar Code, which came into force last year.

As a highly qualified ice navigator, Captain Snider FNI brings the full benefit of his extensive experience in polar shipping to describe the human, technical, environmental and operational challenges of transiting polar seas. Explaining the changes introduced for the Second Edition, he said: Since the initial release of Polar Ship Operations in 2012, technology has continued to advance, the Polar Code has come into effect and The Nautical Institute has launched the Ice Navigator Certification Scheme. These changes have affected polar shipping both directly and indirectly. We have updated Polar Ship Operations to reflect these and other changes, updating material throughout the book as well as adding new chapters to remain relevant and ensure that mariners are kept abreast of continuing change. Over the past 40 years, Captain Duke Snider has amassed a broad range of seagoing experience in naval, commercial and Canadian Coast Guard shipping, much of it in the ice-covered waters of the Arctic, Gulf of St Lawrence, the Baltic and the Antarctic. He has served as an ice navigator in the Canadian, US and eastern Russian Arctic and is CEO and Principal Consultant at Martech Polar Consulting Captain Snider was instrumental in developing The Nautical Institute’s Ice Navigator Scheme, which sets the first international standards for skills, knowledge and competence for ice navigators. He was elected a Fellow of The Nautical Institute in recognition of his long seagoing career and dedication to improving standards at sea, with particular emphasis on ice navigation, and is currently the Institute’s President.

To purchase your copy of Polar Ship Operations – A Practical Guide visit www.nautinst.org/shop price: £50; ISBN: 978 1 906915 56 8 During the month of April, Polar Ship Operations –


A Practical Guide is The Nautical Institute’s Book of the Month and is available at a discounted price of £30. For more information and review copies please contact Bridget Hogan, Director of Publishing and Marketing, The Nautical Institute +44 (0)20 7928 1351, bh@nautinst.org The Nautical Institute is an international representative body for maritime professionals involved in the control of seagoing ships. It provides a wide range of services to enhance the professional standing and knowledge of members, who are drawn from all sectors of the maritime world. Founded in 1972, it has over 40 branches worldwide and some 7,000 members in more than 120 countries.

 

 

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