Captain David (Duke) Snider

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Captain David (Duke) Snider is the CEO of Martech Polar Consulting, a privately owned company providing global ice navigation services and support for polar shipping. He is a Master Mariner and with 29 years at sea, operating naval, commercial and coast guard vessels. He is author of the book Polar Ship Operations published by the Nautical Institute in 2012, as well as many other papers on ice navigation. He holds a Bachelor of Maritime Studies degree granted by Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2006 and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal in 2011 and elected Senior Vice President of The Nautical Institute in 2014.

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The Nautical Institute's 2017 Year in Retrospect

By Captain David (Duke) Snider 2018-01-08 18:22:38

When writing an end of year retrospective, one is usually prone to look for industry deviations from past norms as either highlights or lowlights of the preceding 12 months. Indeed, in the global maritime industry one could certainly look upon downturns in certain market sectors as points to delve into.  2017 has seen a continued low in sectors such as offshore oil and gas, bulk and even container shipping, but in some ways, these have been partially offset by steady...

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Let's Convince Jeff Bezos to Help Stranded Seafarers

By Captain David (Duke) Snider 2017-06-28 17:08:48

This year on June 25, IMO’s Day of the Seafarer fell upon on a Sunday. I have not seen any statistics, but I have wondered if this day of recognition, falling as it did on a Sunday, was observed to the same degree as previous years.   I only know from likes and retweets of my own posts that there seemed to be somewhat more individual interest, but it...

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IMO Sets Polar Code Training Standards

By Captain David (Duke) Snider 2015-03-12 22:57:16

During last week’s IMO Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW 2) in London, details were finalized that will set the stage for amendments to the STCW Convention with respect to training and certification of deck officers and masters required under the Polar Code. Once approved, the amendments to Chapter V of STCW will include requirements for sea service, certification, revalidation, transitional provisions and minimum standards of training for deck officers and masters serving on vessels operating in polar...

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2014 in Review: Polar Shipping

By Captain David (Duke) Snider 2015-03-12 22:56:56

The year 2014 was indeed one of intriguing activity in the Polar Regions. The maritime world and public in general began the year captivated by the almost hourly updates from the Russian ship Akademik Shokalskiy, captive in the Antarctic Ice.   Antarctic Captivity It certainly wasn’t the first time a ship had become beset in polar ice conditions, nor will it be the last. What caught the attention of the world was that modern technology and the thirst for a...

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The Next Ships to Protect Canada's Arctic

By Captain David (Duke) Snider 2015-03-12 19:33:09

Last week the Canadian press posted much-anticipated design details of the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) next major “combatant,” the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS). Although not the naval icebreakers that the Conservative Party promised many years ago, these ships appear to be finally possibly built, even if the total number is far less than originally envisaged.  Though the first ship is not expected to come down the ways until late 2018, its commanding officer has already been selected. Commander Corey...

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