Candidates must hold a certificate as Master, chief mate, or officer in charge of a navigational watch qualified in accordance with regulations II/1, II/2, and II/3 of the STCW Convention, or equivalent as determined by the national administration.

Course Structure:

Module 1: Introduction and Basic Knowledge

Theory: 8 Hours

  • Ice characteristics and areas where different types of ice can be encountered
  • Performance of ships in ice and at low air temperatures

Module 2: Ship Operations in Polar Waters

Theory: 8 Hours

  • Operation and maneuvering of ships in ice
  • Voyage Planning and reporting
  • Assistance from Icebreakers

Module 3: Regulations and Safety

Theory: 9 Hours

  • International regulations and standards
  • Crew preparation, working conditions, and safety measures
  • Precautions and emergency response in polar conditions

Module 4: Environmental Compliance

Theory: 6 Hours

  • Environmental factors and related International regulations

Practical Training

Practical Activity: 7 Hours

  • Demonstration and practice of ship maneuvering in ice
  • Emergency response drills


  • Written Test:

    • 30 multiple-choice questions
    • Duration: 60 minutes
    • Passing score: Minimum 21 out of 30
  • Practical Test:

    • Assessment of practical skills in navigating polar waters
    • Grading: Numerical scale, passing mark is 6

Competence and Knowledge Areas:

1. Operational Safety of Ships in Polar Waters

  • Basic knowledge of ice characteristics
  • Understanding ship performance in ice and low temperatures
  • Skills in operating and maneuvering ships in ice
  • Voyage planning and icebreaker assistance

2. Regulatory Compliance

  • Basic knowledge of International regulations and standards

3. Safety and Emergency Response

  • Preparation of crew
  • Working conditions and safety measures

4. Environmental Protection

  • Understanding environmental factors
  • Knowledge of related International regulations


Upon successful completion of the course and assessments, candidates will receive a certificate in basic training for ships operating in polar waters.

Skill Level: Beginner

Skill Level: Beginner

Skill Level: Beginner

Skill Level: Beginner

Skill Level: Beginner

Course description:
The Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities - P.S.S.R. Course aims to prepare the seafarers of the future for life at sea. Future seafarers will be taught the various elements of a ship, the appropriate work procedures on board, the communication procedures used on board (SMCP) and interpersonal group relationships. All this in order to adapt more quickly to life on board and to face any circumstance and unforeseen event in a safe manner.

Upon passing the exam, a certificate will be issued, in compliance with the ministerial model, recognized by all countries that adhere to the STCW '95 Convention, as amended. The course is mandatory for seafarers when they join for the first time.

Participation requirements:

Registration to First and Second Category Seafarers Register “Gente di Mare”. Holders of IMO STCW-95 qualification certificates issued pursuant to the Ministerial Decree of 5 October 2000, amended by the Decree of 22 December 2000, are exempted. Until 31 December 2002, the first and second category seafarers who, as of 27 July 2001, have completed at least three months of navigation in the last five years on seagoing vessels are also exempted from the obligation to attend the Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities.


  1. Organization of fire fighting on board;
  2. Location of fire-fighting devices and emergency escape routes;
  3. The elements of fire and explosion (fire triangle);
  4. Sources of combustion;
  5. Flammable materials - Dangers and spread of fire;
  6. Need for constant vigilance;
  7. Fire prevention;
  8. Fire classification and usable extinguishing agents.
  9. Reduce the risk of fire and maintain an adequate state of operational readiness to respond to emergency situations due to fires;
  10. Fighting and extinguishing the fire;
  11. Practical Training for Fire Fighting

STCW Regulation: 

Regulation VI/1 of the Annex to the IMO STCW '95 International Convention and of Section A-VI / 1 Paragraph 2.1.4 of the STCW Code

Skill Level: Beginner