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David (Duke) Snider
President at Martech Polar Consulting Ltd


Captain David (Duke) Snider is the CEO and Principal Consultant of Martech Polar Consulting Ltd, a privately-owned company providing global ice navigation services and support for polar shipping, ice navigation, polar research, expedition logistics support and ice related consulting services.  Martech Polar provides Ice Navigators on cargo, research, cruise and private yachts in ice covered waters worldwide.  Martech Polar is heavily involved in assisting owners and operators to meet Polar Code requirements through completion of Operational Assessments and Polar Waters Operations Manuals. Martech Polar has been recently recognized by International Transport News Maritime and Shipping Awards 2018 as “Best Ice Pilotage & Navigation Specialists – North America” and by CV Magazine’s Canadian Business Awards 2019 as “Best Polar Ice Navigation & Pilotage Specialists 2019”.

Captain Snider is a Master Mariner with 35 years at sea, operating many vessels in a broad variety of ice regimes in Arctic and Antarctic Polar Regions, the Baltic, Great Lakes and Eastern North American waters. He has served onboard Naval, Commercial and Coast Guard Vessels. He retired from Canadian Coast Guard service as Regional Director Fleet Western Region in 2013 to run his own company.  He remains active at sea, holding both Polar Waters Advanced Certificate of Proficiency and The Nautical Institute Ice Navigator Level 2 Certification.

As an Ice Navigator Captain Snider has been the author of and contributed to many ice regime shipping feasibility studies as well as numerous papers on ice navigation.  The second edition of Captain Snider’s authoritative book Polar Ship Operations was published by the Nautical Institute in 2018. 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 for his many years as a member of The Nautical Institute dedicated to improving safety at sea, with particular focus on improving standards of ice navigation.  His honours also include the Canadian Coast Guard Exemplary Service Medal and the United States Coast Guard Antarctic Service Medal.

Captain Snider is presently the Immediate Past President of The Nautical Institute, having served as President in 2016 through 2018.  He previously served 2 years as Senior Vice President, 2 years as Vice President and 5 years on the International Council of the Institute. He is Chair of the Ice Navigator Working Group which is tasked with administering The Nautical Institute's global standard for Ice Navigator Training and Certification Standard. He is a member of The Nautical Institute’s NGO delegation to IMO on matters of ice and polar navigation.

Agenda Sessions

  • Arctic operations 2020: dealing with the unexpected

  • Live debate and Q&A: how is the change in ice conditions likely to impact shipping operations and fisheries

  • The changing ice patterns: an ice pilot's view


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