Polarcus is a pioneer in the marine seismic exploration industry, responsibly expanding our operations with minimal harm to our world.

The Polarcus Management System, underpinned by Our Commitments, is based on OGP 510, encompassing four fundamentals – Leadership, Managing Risk, Continual Improvement and Implementation – in a Plan, Do, Check, Act process

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Management System Certification

Polarcus launched its Management System in Q1 2009 and since that time, the company has expanded and matured to a full fledged and DNV GL certified Management System. Polarcus now holds the ISM Document of Compliance and is certified to the ISPS Standards.
In addition, all offices and vessels maintain DNV GL certification to the following internationally recognized standards;
  • ISO 14001:2015 – Environmental Management
  • OHSAS 18001:2007 – Occupational Health and Safety
  • ISO 9001:2015 – Quality Management
Uniquely in the seismic industry to date, the company has secured the full suite of certification for the entire Polarcus Group, including both maritime and seismic operators across the entire Polarcus fleet of vessels.

Polarcus Principles

Polarcus Principles identify and provide mitigation measures for areas of elevated risk to Polarcus people, the environment, company property, reputation and the security of operations.

Polarcus Principles must be respected and enforced by all those working with Polarcus. It is an obligation of all employees and suppliers to intervene if Polarcus Principles are violated. 

Management of Risk

The management of Polarcus is responsible for providing a consistent risk management framework in which the risks concerning company business activities will be identified, considered and addressed in key approval, review and control processes.

Proper management of risk is the first line of defense for protecting Polarcus people, the environment, company property and reputation from those risks of significant likelihood and consequence in the pursuit of the company’s strategic goals and objectives.

Risk management is achieved through the identification of all foreseeable hazards, assessing them and implementing measures to control the risks and effects of the hazards. The goal being to eliminate or reduce them to a level that is both tolerable and As Low As Reasonably Practicable (“ALARP”).

Risk reduction measures will reduce the probability of an occurrence and mitigate the effects therefore reducing the consequences of the incident.

Human Factors

Polarcus Team Resource Management (“PTRM”)

Polarcus has implemented the Polarcus Team Resource Management program. This program is based on the IOGP Report No. 501 ‘Crew Resource Management for Well Operations teams’ and focuses on the following six non-technical skills:

  1. Situation awareness
  2. Decision making
  3. Communication
  4. Teamwork
  5. Leadership
  6. Stress and fatigue

What is the goal?

The STCW Convention and Code, 1978 as amended 2010 (commonly referred to as STCW), brought in new requirements for leadership and management training on ships. Besides the obvious goals of safer operations and a reduced number of incidents, PTRM training aims to establish a common understanding and language for the organization and further develop the skills and knowledge of all Polarcus’ personnel further enhancing their professional standards. To encourage the Being Polarcus way of operating particularly across the fleet, suppliers are also included in the program,.

The aim is for Polarcus people to have no concerns and to feel confident to intervene with anyone at any time, even if they only think someone or something is at risk of harm or damage. This is the essence of one of the core values, Responsibility; everyone believing that they are responsible, not only for their own health and well-being but also for their colleagues, is fundamental to no one getting hurt while working for Polarcus.

What about results?

With a number of different tools, such as trainees’ evaluation of the effectiveness of PTRM, annual employee surveys, Active Monitoring Program and incident investigations, the effectiveness of Polarcus Team Resource Management can be assessed on an ongoing basis.

Organizations that have successfully implemented resource management practices have realized significant reductions in the frequency of incidents and, most importantly, the severity of those incidents.