I am pretty sure most of us have watched the Titanic and we are very well aware what ice can do to a vessel on the deep seas. Well, winter time is usually among the most treacherous times to sail because of the presence of icy waters.
It’s however noteworthy that with proper preparation, training and patience, sailing on icy waters can end up being a piece of cake.
In this article, we are going to look at 4 tips on how to prepare before sailing on icy waters.
1 You need a really good insurance plan
This is not meant to dampen your mood but the reality about nature is that even the very best can get caught out. You may have the best ship, the best training and a load of patience but nature may end up getting one over you. It’s therefore important for you to always be cognizant that your vessel or any other item on the vessel may be exposed to higher chances of damage when sailing in icy waters. This is why it’s very important to have a really good insurance plan. Ensure that you have clearly understood the terms before signing on any dotted line.
2 Stay on top of the weather updates
During icy weather it’s very important to stay on top of weather updates so that you are fully aware of what the conditions are on the waters you are sailing on. As a best practice, other ships will also always give a report of conditions they encounter through open channels so you should make it a point to regularly listen in for any information that will be of benefit to you. Be sure to subscribe to available online platforms that offer meteorological information as well.
3 You need to exercise utmost patience when navigating icy waters
If you are a person who values speed over safety then you have no business sailing on icy waters. It’s very important to be patient and sail as a very reasonable speed if you are not sure about possible icebergs on the water. Some of these icebergs are always mobile therefore depending on the size of your vessel if you are going too fast you may not have sufficient time to avoid hitting them. The speed that you use must be very accommodating for any sudden maneuvers that you may need to make.
4 Ensure that you have sufficient supplies
When sailing on icy waters delays are usually inevitable because of the unpredictable conditions of the water. It’s therefore a good idea for you to anticipate such delays and ensure that you have sufficient supplies during your journey. These supplies will include fuel, food, water, medical supplies among other equipment. It therefore never hurts if you pack extra supplies because they will definitely come in handy.
There are of course many other precautions such as having the right safety gear, lifeboats and life jackets, flares and so on so be sure to embark on such journeys when you are properly prepared. Most journeys will always go smoothly but you must always be cognizant that emergency situations do occur.
I trust that this has indeed been an informative and life changing article.