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Ice navigation areas Navigation Podcast Winter operation
Published: 2022-01-25


Ice navigation is both interesting and challenging, requiring a specific set of skills and specialist knowledge. We want to understand more about current best practices for winter and ice navigation, how sustainability fits in, and what skills and training future ice navigators need. 


To help answer these questions, we have the great pleasure of hosting Tommy Berg. Aside from being an active ice breaker captain, he is also one of the few true global experts in this field. Having started his career in Finnish waters, Tommy has since climbed to a level where he has commanded DP equipped multi-purpose ice breakers during demanding Arctic explorations. Furthermore, he has spent time as an ice advisor in Canada and is also a co-author of Witherbys’ 2019 Ice Navigation and Seamanship Handbook, a 440-page publication covering every aspect of safe navigation in ice. Listen to this podcast episode for some valuable insights derived from a wealth of real-life experience in breaking ice.  




0:33 Introduction  

1:40 Who is Tommy?  

5:52 Ice advisory in Canada  

8:39 Best practice  

10:42 Development in ice navigation  

12:01 Witherbys Ice Navigation and Seamanship Handbook  

14:32 What is special about Baltic ice breaking?  

16:19 IB 2020 project  

21:30 Sustainable ice navigation  

24:21 Breaking ice, then and now  

26:25 Northern Sea route  

29:39 Future ice navigators  

31:17 Some last good advice  

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