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Code No: 927

Video Running Time: 38 minutes


A wise seafarer treats frozen sea and floating ice with the greatest respect. They are highly dangerous.

As world trade increases, more and more ships are sailing the oceans and many are bound for some of the more remote areas and hostile climates on the planet. New oil facilities are being opened to accommodate new fields especially within or near the Arctic Circle. Consequently, many ships' crews need to understand the procedures when they encounter the unusual conditions - when the sea becomes a solid sheet of ice and their ship becomes difficult, often impossible, to steer and propel. For the inexperienced these conditions, at best, can lead to damage to the hull, rudder and propeller; at worst, they can destroy the ship.

Equally, icebergs have always posed serious risks to shipping. The best way to avoid them is to avoid iceberg zones completely during their season. But, when that is not possible measures need to be taken to ensure the safety of ship and crew.

This comprehensive training package, available as a CD-ROM or video plus support book, addresses both these circumstances. It clearly shows best practice in how to prepare to meet the conditions, how to navigate the ship safely and reach the destination successfully.

Structured around the most important questions a seafarer should ask, the package looks at the following areas:

  • What type of voyage is it?
  • What is the ship's capability?
  • What are the different types of ice?
  • When do you look out for icebergs.....and how vigilantly?
  • How do you approach ice?
  • How do you work with an icebreaker?
  • What are the consequences of poor seamanship?

With the right approach navigating in ice can be, well nearly, plain sailing.