MCA Approved Polar Code Training (Advanced) (POLA)
The Advanced Polar Code Training course is principally intended for Masters and Officers in charge of a navigational watch involved in navigating in ice conditions.
The Advanced Polar Code Training course is principally intended for Masters and Officers in charge of a navigational watch involved in navigating in ice conditions. A trainee successfully completing this course will be able to use the knowledge and experience gained to overcome the problems brought about by navigating in ice-covered seas.
Use of the full bridge simulator is integrated into the training to provide real life scenarios.
- Plan and conduct a voyage in polar water.
- Manage the safe operation of vessels operating in polar waters.
- Maintain safety of the ship's crew and passengers and the operational condition of life-saving, fire-fighting and other systems.
There are five outcomes to the training
- Ensure vessel preparedness for voyages operating in polar waters
- Ensure crew and passenger preparedness on vessels operating in polar waters
- Plan and conduct a voyage in polar waters
- Manoeuvre and operate the vessel safely
- Manage the response to emergencies
The Maritime Skills Academy Polar Code Basic and Advanced courses follow the MCA guidelines on safely operating a vessel in Arctic and Antarctic Water and are conducted at our Portsmouth training centre.
These courses have been developed by experienced Ice Captains and Ice pilots which are recognised leaders from the industry.
The courses consist of a series of classroom-based lectures with practical group activities and SIMULATION “hands-on” exercises.
After completion of the course and formal assessment you will receive an MCA certificate.
Each delegate will receive a complimentary USB stick which details comprehensive Ice Navigation aspects which will serve as a great reminder of the information and content when onboard.
The MSA is Nautical Institute recognised training centre, with the polar course accredited to form part of the Ice Navigator training certificate scheme. For further information visit https://www.nialexisplatform.org/certification/ice-navigation/
Those undertaking the training must hold a certificate of Proficiency in Basic Training for Ships Operating in Polar Waters; and*
Have two months of:
Approved seagoing service in the deck department at management level or
Watchkeeping duties at the operation level within polar waters or
Other equivalent approved seagoing service (relevant onboard experience*);
*Equivalent seagoing service will be considered on a case-by-case basis based on evidence of familiarity with tasks listed in Section B-V/4 of STCW Code. Evidence should be in the format of a company letter detailing; your roles and responsibilities against the guidance listed in Section B-V/4 of STCW Code, the vessel(s) you worked on, the area(s) you operated in and the dates that your vessel(s) operated in the equivalent waters