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Polar Code

Course information

Target group:

Whom the course is for: The course Polar Code is aimed at anyone interested in understanding the background, the certification process and the safety and environmental requirements for ships sailing in polar waters. This may include: Ship Managers, Technical Superintendents, Ship Masters, Officers and Seafarers; Shipyards Technical Staff; Surveyors; P&I and/or Insurance Inspectors; Naval Architects; Marine Engineers; etc.



This training course composed of 4 modules provides an overview of the Polar Code. It includes a general presentation of the Polar Code, the certification process, the safety requirements and the environmental protection requirements.


On completion of the training, students will be able to:

Understand the main sources of hazards associated with the operations in polar waters and be familiar with the general principles, structure and philosophy of the Polar Code.

Know the main steps of the certification process, the operational assessment methodologies used to establish the operational limitations in ice operations, the requirements and contents of the Polar Water Operational Manual, and the survey and certification requirements.

Have a general understanding of the safety requirements concerning ship’s design and construction, machinery installations, safety equipment and fire protection, safety of navigation and communication equipment.

Get familiar with the requirements for operations in polar waters and training of crew.

Understand the Polar Code requirements for protection against oil pollution, NLS pollution, sewage pollution and garbage disposal.


Module 1 – The Code


Regulatory framework

The Polar Code

Module 2 – Certification Process

Certification overview

Operational assessment

Polar Water Operational Manual

Surveys and Certification


BV Rules 

Module 3 – Safety Requirements

What does the Polar Code mean for safety?

Design and Construction


Fire protection

Life-saving appliances

Operations and manning 

Module 4 – Environmental protection

How the Polar Code protects the environment?

Pollution prevention


On completion of the training program, the student will be awarded: 

A Certificate of Polar Code, issued by Bureau Veritas Solutions Marine & Offshore.

The Certificate of Polar Code is obtained after completion of the course and passing the online test.


Do you want more information about the course, or do you want to order?

Contact us at Tel: +47 24 15 55 55 , or send us an e-mail.

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