A Safety Pioneer


Polarcus is a pioneer in the marine seismic exploration industry, responsibly expanding our operations without harm to our world. This practice is rooted in the Company’s core values of Responsibility, Innovation and Excellence. Our philosophy is communicated to our employees, customers, suppliers and stakeholders.

The Management System is based on OGP 510 encompassing the 4 basic fundamentals of Leadership, Managing Risk, Continual Improvement and Implementation together with 10 Elements in a Plan, Do, Check and Act process. The Management System carries a hierarchic structure with Commitment and Accountability at the top, leading into the process flow encompassing our activities.

The Polarcus organization is fully certified to ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 & OHSAS 18001:2007 while also subscribing to the prestigious DNV GL Triple-E™ program, an Environmental and Energy Efficiency rating scheme for ships.


Polarcus Principles


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


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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 our people, the environment, our property and our reputation from those risks of significant likelihood and consequence in the pursuit of our 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.






Our people are our greatest assets, 
and keeping our people safe is our highest priority.





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 do we want to achieve?


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. We also include our suppliers in the program, encouraging our Being Polarcus way of operating, especially within our fleet.

We want our people to have no concerns and 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 our values, ‘Responsibility’; everyone believing that they are responsible for not only their own health and wellbeing but also their colleagues is fundamental to no one being hurt working for Polarcus.


What about results?


With a number of different tools, such as trainees’ evaluation of the effectiveness of PTRM, annual employee surveys, our 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.




Management System Certification


Polarcus launched its Management System in Q1 2009 and since that time we have expanded and matured to a full fledged and DNV GL certified Management System. We now hold the ISM Document of Compliance and we are certified to the ISPS Standards.
In addition our office and vessels maintain DNV GL certification to the following internationally recognized standards;
No other geophysical service provider has a Management System fully certified to the internationally recognized standards of ISM, ISPS, ISO and OSHAS. 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.