Advanced Training for Polar Operations (POLAR CODE)

Did You Know?

Northern Sea Route(NSR), which is a northern shipping lane between the pacific and Atlantic Oceans, was first navigated in its entirety by the Finnish-Swedish explorer Nordenskiold in 1878. The route is generally open during late summer and autumn and runs along the northern coast of Russia, before emptying into the Bering Strait and Pacific Ocean.


This course is designed to provide an advanced training for those mariners involved in working on vessels in polar waters as senior navigating officers.

It meets the standards of Table A-V/4-2 of the STCW Code. Candidates who have completed this course “are deemed to have fulfilled the STCW requirements and can work on vessels certified in accordance with the Polar Code.” The Coast Guard has issued CG-MMC Policy Letter 02-18 “Guidelines for Qualifications of Personnel for Issuing STCW Endorsements for Basic and Advanced Polar Code Operations,” (83 CFR 121, June 22, 2018).

Prerequisite Course: Successful completion of Basic Training for Polar Operations (Polar Code)

Course Topics:

  • Plan and conduct a voyage including reporting in polar waters
  • Safe operation of vessels operating in polar waters
  • Knowledge of equipment limitations
  • Safety of the ship’s crew and passengers
The Benefits of ECM’s Online Courses:

  • Flexible course enrollment
  • Interactive online program proctored by industry experts
  • Affordable and convenient with volume license discounts for corporate customers
  • Certificate of achievement issued by ECM Training Services upon successful program completion

Upon registration, courses are conveniently accessible online for condidates to participate at their own pace and on their own schedule