The adoption by the IMO of the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code) makes it mandatory for ships sailing into Arctic or Antarctic waters to demonstrate that extra precautions have been taken in relation to safety, protection of the environment and seafarer competence.

Polar Code training at indoor snow facility close to SMT's offices

Polar Code training at indoor snow facility close to SMT's offices

In anticipation of the increase in maritime traffic in the polar regions both for leisure and commercial purposes, Stream Marine’s Technical Training division has developed what it claims to be the world’s first Bahamas Maritime approved Polar Code/Polar Survival training course in partnership with Teekay Shipping.

The course prepares crew regarding the actions they need to take in order to survive in icy seas for up to five days, as per the current requirement, in the unlikely event of abandoning ship in some of the remotest and hostile areas on the planet.

SMT’s course takes place on its campus at Glasgow airport which has a swimming pool and an indoor real snow facility only two miles away.

The course is delivered by Master Mariners who have a wealth of knowledge of operating in icy seas and an ex Royal Marine Medic who covers first aid with specific reference to injuries which may occur in a cold environment.

The training programme takes place over two and a half days and covers key areas such as: An introduction to the Polar Code; Polar Regions and Characteristics; Survival on the Ice; Cold Weather Injuries and Helicopter/Aircraft rescue.

“Having the world’s first Bahamas Maritime approved polar survival course for crew is an amazing achievement by the technical division. Our experienced trainers all have extensive polar experience so the training programme is based on their practical knowledge which could save lives in an emergency situation. Anyone wishing to sail into Artic or Antarctic waters needs to make sure their crew are competent in these conditions and learn key techniques to survive in these hostile conditions until helps arrives,” said Martin White, CEO of Stream Marine Training.

By Jake Frith