NI launches updated ice conditions guidelines

The Nautical Institute published a new edition of Snider’s Polar Ship Operations in 2018.

The Nautical Institute (NI) has launched the second edition of Handling Ships in Ice, a practical guide to shiphandling in ‘new ice’ conditions in the Baltic, North Atlantic, and St Lawrence Seaway.

Handling ships in first-year ice demands specialist knowledge and skills. Ice remains a major obstacle for commercial traffic and has the potential to damage propellers, main engines, rudders, and hull plating. It limits the speed and manoeuvrability of vessels, putting them at greater risk of collision with structures and other vessels.

Bridget Hogan, NI’s director of publishing and marketing said, “The first edition was published in 2007 and was a great success. The author, Captain Johan Buysse produced a text on extreme seamanship, demonstrating the difficulties of navigating in ice and the precautions needed for safe passage.”

Hogan added, “With global warming opening up ice-bound areas for longer periods, the book came out at a time of growing demand for ice-class ships and the masters, officers, and pilots to navigate them.”

The second edition is in a more accessible format, with enhanced diagrams illustrating shiphandling techniques.

The text has been updated to take into account the Polar Code, heavier shipping traffic in ice-affected waters and ports, improved communications and new methods of detecting ice. More explanation has been included about the phenomenon of icing and its effect on ship stability.

The book progresses logically from voyage preparation, through navigating in ice at sea, in fairways and under pilotage, to berthing and mooring. Separate sections cover icebreaker assistance, notch-towing, and a comprehensive glossary of ice terminology.

In 2018, The Nautical Institute published a new edition of Snider’s Polar Ship Operations and also launched the NI’s Ice Navigator Training and Certification Scheme.