After more than forty voyages to Dumont Durville, Mawson, Davis, Casey, McMurdo and to some other very remote areas of Eastern Antarctica, I have acquired a solid experience of polar and ice navigation and also a specific knowledge of these regions: local ice and weather conditions, persistency of events, caracteristics of tides and currents, bathymetry.
During some voyages as Ice Pilot on cargo vessels I was also responsible for training the bridge team for the qualification of Ice Navigator Level 1&2.
I am a keen tutor for Ice Navigators apprentices.
Throughout my career as ship master I had to implement maintenance and safety management programs. I also had to supervise the works carried out during dry docking and lay up periods.
I have also participated in a new project, beeing involved in ship replacement preparation.
You may also benefit of the contacts and solid working relationships I built in the French and Australian Polar fields.
Responsible for the entire expedition.
In charge of the navigation in the pack ice and its vicinity including acquisition and interpretation of Ice Satellite Imagery.
Training of the bridge team.
The vessel remains under the Master's responsability.
Assistance for any of the following steps in the design and the construction of a polar vessel.
Preliminary studies / specs
Contacts and follow up with shipyards
Sea ice trials
POLAR TRIP PREPARATION AND ADVICE / TRAINING
Itinerary survey and routing
Charter-party preparation and pre-charter survey
Ship and equipment preparation
Conformance with regulations (Polar Code)
Training of deck officers for the Ice Navigator Certificate.