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Ice Navigation

Conducted on a full mission Navigation Simulator

Entry Criteria:     Deck Officers

Course Duration:     3 Days



Course Description

"Know your Ice before you go through it". In other words, before attempting any passage through ice it is vitally important that Ice is identified as to Type, Thickness, Hardness, Floe Size and concentration.

  • To enable the navigator to interpret ice and meteorological data and formulate a situation appraisal and risk analysis for passage planning.
  • To enable the navigator to determine the specialized maneuvering strategies necessary for ice transit.
  • To help the navigator to appreciate the benefits and hazards of icebreaker assistance and convoy operations.
  • Guidance on special Ice navigation features in St. Lawrence, Baltic and Arctic water.
  • To understand the difficulties of operation in extreme low temperatures and be able to take the requisite cold weather
    precautions.

Contents of the course

  • Types of Ice, their formation and properties
  • Canadian St. Lawrence and Baltic Ice Regulations (including Vessel Ice Class)
  • Ice Broadcasts and Ice Charts (Egg Code), Ice numeral calculations
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    Passage Planning – considerations for ice
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    Navigation / Ship Handling in Ice
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    Ice Breaker assistance andd convey operations
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    Communications and Messaging
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    Operations in extreme low temperatures & Cold Wx precautions
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    Exercises – interpretation of facsimile charts, passage planning, Navigation and ship handling in ice with varying thickness and ice concentration.
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Please find below the list of documents required to get on the first day of the course.
  1. 2 passport size photographs,
  2. Copies of Passport, CDC, COC & INDOS No.