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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. In October 2015 he sailed as lead Ice Navigator during the late season Northwest Passage transit of MSV Fennica and MSV Nordica and this year sailed as Ice Navigator onboard the first ship of the season into Canada's Arctic Baffinland Iron Mines Milne Inlet Terminal.
He is a Master Mariner with 34 years at sea, operating many vessels in a broad variety of ice regimes in polar regions, the Baltic, Great Lakes, and Eastern North American waters. He has served onboard Naval, Commercial and Coast Guard Vessels. As an Ice Navigator he has been the author of and contributed to many ice regime shipping feasibility studies. He retired from Canadian Coast Guard service as Regional Director Fleet Western Region in 2012.
Captain Snider is author of the book Polar Ship Operations published by the Nautical Institute in 2012, as well as many other papers on ice navigation. As a globally recognized expert in ice navigation, Captain Snider is often invited to speak on ice navigation, such as at University of Turku's Ice Day Conference, Finland; Busan International Port Conference, Korea; and the Arctic Shipping Forums in both Helsinki, Finland and St. John's, Canada.
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. He has also received the Canadian Coast Guard Exemplary Service Medal awarded for many years in Command in "hazardous duty", as well as the Commissioner's Commendation for his part in the successful conclusion of two Arctic rescue missions in 1988.
Captain Snider is a Fellow and President of the Nautical Institute. He is the lead on the Ice Navigator Training and Certification Program that is tasked with moving forward the Nautical Institute's goal of putting in place a global standard for Ice Navigators and contributing to safe navigation in ice covered waters in all regions. He is the Nautical Institute's delegate to IMO on all matters related to polar and ice navigation.