Viking Supply Ships develops the first Polar Code Course

Press release

During week 9 the first test courses, named Polar Code Course, Basic and Advanced, was completed in cooperation with the Linnæus University in Kalmar.

-We are very satisfied having developed the course in cooperation with Viking Supply Ships and Viking Ice Consultancy. Together we have the competence and experience that is required to develop courses of highest standard within navigation in ice, says Ted Bågfeldt, Head of Kalmar Maritime Academy.

The course covers all requirements in the IMO Polar Code, which will be mandatory as of 1 January 2017. The course has been developed in close cooperation with Kalmar Maritime Academy as part of a cooperation agreement named Ice Academy.

Both the Swedish and Danish Maritime Administrations were present during the course in order to review the implementation and content of the course.

-The test course went very well and both the Danish and Swedish authorities were satisfied. Whether the Polar Code Course is approved will however not be decided until May, when IMO concludes on the requirements for Polar Code courses, says Jan Persson, coordinator for Polar Code Traning within Viking Ice Consultancy. Should the course be approved by the IMO, Viking Supply Ships and the Kalmar Maritime Academy will be the first to offer approved Polar Code courses globally.

-Safeguarding our personnel and protecting the environment in cold climates are amongst our main tasks and responsibilities. Implementing the new Polar Code will be an important part of this work, says Andreas Kjol, Project Director in Viking Ice Consultancy. 

For further information please contact:

Morten G. Aggvin, IR & Treasury Director, ph. +47 41 04 71 25, e-mail

Viking Supply Ships A/S is a subsidiary of Viking Supply Ships AB (publ). The operations are focused on offshore and icebreaking primarily in Arctic and subarctic areas. For further information, please visit: The information was submitted for publication on 15 March 2016 at 13:00 pm




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