Martech Polar Consulting, Ltd. is a privately-owned company that provides global ice pilotage and navigation services in accordance with IMO Guidelines for Ships Operating in Polar Waters and Canadian Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Regulations.
Martech Polar’s founder, Captain David (Duke) Snider, is an ice pilot and ice navigator with extensive Arctic and ice navigation experience in Canadian, American and Greenland waters, Arctic and Baltic waters, and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. He also has extensive tenure onboard coastal and offshore research vessels as Chief Officer and Master.
Martech Polar’s experience and familiarity in challenging Polar Regions provides clients with the best way forward in ensuring safe and efficient operations. We provide global ice navigation services and support for polar shipping, ice navigation, polar research, expedition logistics support and ice-related consulting services.
It takes many years of experience to learn how to identify ice and to safely manoeuvre a vessel in ice-infested waters. It is often a lack of experience in operations in ice-infested waters that results in damage or loss. Many that truly know the Polar Regions accept that the skills and knowledge required to operate there is far and above those held by the average mariner.
Captain David (Duke) Snider brings his extensive experience in polar shipping and as a highly qualified ice navigator to Martech Polar. He also calls on expert mariners with decades of polar shipping experience to ensure continual progress in all aspects of polar shipping and vessel operations.
Martech Polar’s associates are experts in:
- Ice Pilotage and ice navigation
- Ice physics and dynamics
- Chartering and brokerage
- Logistics support
- Marine engineering with focus on cold climate operations
- Naval architecture with focus on ice strengthening design
Captain Snider is the President of the Nautical Institute and Chair of the Ice Navigator Working Group. The Ice Navigator Working Group is tasked with advancing the Nautical Institute's goal establishing a global standard for ice navigators and contributing to safe navigation in ice-covered waters.
CEO, Principal ConsultantCaptain David (Duke) Snider
BA, Maritime Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Captain David (Duke) Snider is a Master Mariner with 33 years at sea. He has served onboard naval, commercial and Coast Guard vessels in Polar Regions, the Baltic, Great Lakes and Eastern North American waters. He retired from Canadian Coast Guard service as Regional Director Fleet Western Region in 2012.