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Interest in the polar regions is growing as the season for accessing these remote and hostile areas is lengthening. Operating ships within any ice regime requires knowledge, skills and different awareness beyond that of many mariners. Multi-year and glacial ice are much harder than first-year ice and there is little assistance available, so mariners must be self-sufficient. Captain Snider brings the full benefit of his extensive experience in polar shipping and as a highly qualified ice navigator to describe the human, technical, environmental and operational challenges of the polar regions. This is a hard, unforgiving environment which requires diligence and deliberation in the planning and execution of voyages, as set out in this book.
Review in the May 2014 issue of Baird Publications’ Work Boat World: "Another excellent and very practical little how-to guide from the ever prolific and very high quality Nautical Institute. Impressively well illustrated and clearly and concisely written, it presents a distillation of great experience together with considerable thought as to the future possibilities."