Polar Code Advanced On-Site Training


3-day on-site course at Aboa Mare in Turku, Finland covering advanced requirements set by STCW Code A-V/4 and IMO Model Course 7.12: Advanced training for ships in polar waters. All aspects defined in IMO Polar Code and Model Course will be covered. The course consists of classroom lectures and simulator exercises and is delivered 100% on-site, thus physical attendance is required.

Polar Code Training Overview

polar code training


  • Understand demands set by extremely cold conditions and darkness for safe working and operating vessel equipment
  • Be able to navigate in sea ice in polar areas
  • Be able to counteract the effects of ice accumulation on vessel surfaces
  • Be prepared for to plan, prepare, lead and manage emergencies in polar areas
  • Effects of low temperature on people and ship systems
  • Effects of weather and current
  • Safe operation of equipment in cold conditions 
  • Understanding sea ice types
  • Advanced ship operation and maneuvering in polar waters
  • Advanced voyage planning and navigation
  • Planning and preparing for convoy operations
  • Planning, preparing and taking Icebreaker assistance
  • How to plan and prepare for, lead and manage emergencies in polar areas
  • Pollution prevention
  • Regulatory framework
  • Design of ice-going vessels

  • All our Polar Code instructors have extensive ice navigation experience
  • Our Polar Code training is approved by the Finnish Maritime Authorities (Traficom)
  • We are specialized in simulator training and R&D projects to enhance safety and sustainability of Arctic shipping as well as shipping in other ice-covered waters. We have for instance participated in ice related projects like Winmos 1&2 and ASTP (Arctic Simulator Training Program).
  • We have provided simulator-based ice navigation training since 2006
  • We participated in the planning process of the Polar Code IMO Model courses (7.11 and 7.12) and our first Polar Code course was delivered in 2016
  • We have developed and delivered specialized Azipod® ice operation training for ABB Marine and Ports since 2016
  • Finland’s sea routes are icebound every year and we have a deep understanding of operating ships in winter and ice conditions

At Aboa Mare Maritime Academy and Training Center, we use the latest state-of-the-art simulator equipment and pedagogical tools to provide an enhanced maritime training experience in a simulated environment, promoting teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, decision-making and confidence. We are specialized on simulation, ice navigation (Polar Code and azimuthing propulsion courses in ice) and IGF Code courses for LNG fueled ships. Aboa Mare’s first-rate simulators are also used for research, innovation, and development projects.

Polar Code Training Overview


Course code


Course title

Polar Code Advanced

Student profile

Masters, chief officers and navigating officers required to have completed Polar Code Advanced training. Ship owner personnel working with ships operating in polar areas and authorities wanting to have a deep understanding of the demands set by polar operations to personnel and ships and their equipment.

Course language



A trainee attending the course is required to fulfil minimum STCW II/1 requirements for officers in charge of a navigational watch. Aboa Mare Polar Code Basic Training certificate is also required, alternatively Polar Code Basic Training CoP from an EU/EES country. 

Training personnel

Experienced master mariners with several years of experience of operating in ice covered waters, cold climate and darkness.

Training method

Classroom lectures; simulator exercises.

Course compliance

STCW Section A-V/4, paragraph 2. IMO model course 7.12


Transas full mission simulators


Knowledge is assessed with a written exam. Competences and skills are assessed through simulator assessment.


Each participant that has completed the course successfully will be issued a certificate.


3 days / 24 hours

Individual course            



EUR 1500,00 VAT 0%,

EUR 1000,00 VAT 0% for Aboa Mare Polar Code Basic customers. Contact - for discount codes.

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Aboa Mare Maritime Academy Training Center.                                Turku, Finland.

Flag approval

The Polar Code training is approved by the Finnish Maritime Authorities (Traficom)

Course recognition by flag state

Most EU flags, Bahamas, Malta, Singapore and Liberia. More information on request.



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