• 2016 December 22 15:21

    RS Rules application will ensure full compliance of ships with the Polar Code

    Application of the Rules of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) will ensure full compliance of the domestic ship owners with the Polar Code requirements to come into force on 1 January 2017, RS says.

    The Register is a recognized expert in technical supervision of ice class ships: 5000 ships classed with RS include over 3200 ice class ships, more than 300 of which are capable of being operated in the Arctic seas. The RS Rules are being constantly developed and improved taking into account the contemporary needs within the shipping industry.

    RS requirements have largely conformed to the Polar Code technical requirements since prior to the adoption of this international instrument aimed at ensuring safe navigation in polar waters. For example, the Arctic ships currently built to the RS class with the distinguishing marks ANTI-ICE and Winterization comply with the Polar Code requirements as regards the applied precautions against icing, with their equipment designed to operate at low temperatures.

    For the convenience of the customers, the Register has developed the Guidelines on the Application of the Polar Code determining the applicable list of the requirements from this international document. The Guidelines provide a detailed description of the Procedure for Survey of Polar Class Ships, the structure of the required documents depending on the ship category as well as the evaluation of operating conditions. In addition, they provide the detailed correlation of the Polar Code requirements with the similar requirements of the RS Rules, distinguishing marks and descriptive notations in the class notation in various aspects: ship structure, stability, machinery installations, fire protection, life-saving appliances, safety of navigation, communication, pollution prevention measures.

    As of November 2016, 104 sea transport items are being constructed under the RS technical supervision at the Russian shipyards. 22,1% of them are tugs, 13,5% - oil tankers, 8,7% - icebreakers, 6,7% is accounted for by support vessels and oil-and-gas field construction facilities, 4,8% - by supply and salvage ships, 2,9% - by fishing and unberthed passenger ships, 1,9% - by dredgers and dry cargo carriers of river-sea navigation, 23,1% include other ships (motorboats, pontoons, barges, hydrographic survey and patrol vessels, nuclear maintenance vessels, etc.). 70% of them are capable of being operated in the Arctic seas.

    The construction of the most powerful (25 MW) diesel-electric icebreaker worldwide of 22600 series, capable of both independent pilotage and operating as a support ship being part of heavy towing trains along the Northern Sea Route, is among the projects implemented with the RS involvement. Series IBSV01 icebreaking supply vessels are a unique model in the world’s shipbuilding: high ice class, good manoeuvring ability ensured by three steerable propellers, comparatively shallow draught and equipment designed for operation at the temperatures as low as - 50 С will enable them to most effectively operate in the Gulf of Ob area. A series 71014 ice breaking supply vessel will be capable of delivering goods and equipment, performing rescue and salvage operations where necessary, emergency evacuation of people and cleaning up emergency oil spills even in harsh climatic conditions during the winter navigation.

    Polar Code (the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters) is an IMO instrument, intended to ensure safe navigation in polar areas. The Code shall come into force on January, 1, 2017, with transition period until 2018, and covers all issues related to designing and operation of polar class ships. Developed with the RS specialists’ direct involvement.

    Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) is an internationally recognized classification society. RS was established in 1913. Today there are over 5000 ships in the RS class operated by 47 flag states. The Organisation has about 50 RS Branch Offices and Representative Offices in Russia and worldwide recognized by Maritime Administrations in more than 71 flag states, including 16 EU states.

    RS is a full member of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), which consolidates 12 world’s leading classification societies, having concentrated in its class about 90% of the world’s shipping. RS activity is aimed at enhancing safe navigation standards, safety of life at sea and marine environment pollution prevention.




2018 January 23

18:17 Ten new world class research institutes join the Nippon Foundation Nereus Program
18:02 492 vessels escorted by nuclear-powered icebreakers on NSR up 20% Y-o-Y
17:49 SMM 2018 is fully booked eight months to go before the event
17:31 Maersk Line joins NYSHEX as founding carrier member
17:27 Cargo transportation by Ukraine’s water transport down 11.9% to 5.9 mln t in 2017
17:04 NAVTOR strengthens the team with new Chief Technology Officer
16:46 Oil products, LPG shipments from Tamanneftegas terminal totaled 10.14 mln t in 2017, up 6% Y-o-Y
16:25 Szczecin-Świnoujście Port Complex handled nearly 25.5 mln t of cargo in 2017, up 5.4% Y-o-Y
16:04 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Dione with Ausca
15:34 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Gulf ports to North Europe and the Mediterranean
15:18 SDC Sub-Committee is focused on mooring matters
15:03 Environmental organizations and shipping industry call for carriage ban on non - compliant fuel
14:44 NIBULON’s fleet will be increased
14:23 President Varela from Panama visits the port of Rotterdam
14:03 RS joins the Association of Shipowners and Entrepreneurs of Marine Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan
13:55 RF Representative Office of Port of Hamburg Marketing congratulates North-Western Shipping Company on its 95th anniversary!
13:42 Incentive scheme for ‘Clean inland shipping and sustainable logistics in Rotterdam’
13:27 EBRD allocates USD 50 mln loan to NIBULON
13:03 Six vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on Jan 22-23
12:38 Bunker prices at the Far East ports of Russia show no significant changes (graph)
12:33 Aker Solutions wins subsea orders for Troll and Askeladd projects
12:16 Rosmorport appoints Evgeniy Pankratov as Acting Director of its Sakhalin Branch (photo)
11:49 CNIIMF congratulates North-Western Shipping Company on its 95th anniversary!
11:24 Vyborg Shipyard to deliver IBSV01 icebreakers Andrey Vilkitsky and Aleksandr Sannikov in 2018
11:01 Alfa Laval PureBallast 3.1 tops customer choice for large-flow ballast water treatment systems
10:40 Brent Crude futures price up 0.48% to $69.36, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.58% to $63.94
10:22 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,129 points
10:08 Damen delivers five new harbour tugs to to Empresa de Navegación Caribe, Cuba
09:36 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in 2017 grew by 18% to 13.84 mln t
09:17 Throughput of port Vyborg up 12% to 1.54 mln t in 2017

2018 January 22

18:10 Throughput of port Vysotsk up 3% to 17.55 mln t in 2017
17:53 Myanmar accedes to treaty covering bunker oil pollution damage
17:35 Hutchison Ports Thailand receives world’s largest quay cranes with advanced remote control technology at Laem Chabang Port
17:19 Port of Tallinn announces auction for equipment and structures of coal terminal in Muuga Harbor
17:05 ESPO supports more efficient but responsible management of waste from ships
16:50 Throughput of port Primorsk in 2017 down 11% Y-o-Y to 57.60 mln t
16:35 DP World and National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (Niif) Partner to create platform for investments in ports, transportation and logistics sector
16:21 Rosmorport’s icebreakers assisted 269 vessels at seaports of Russia this winter navigation season
16:05 Port of Rotterdam Authority puts hybrid vessel into operation
16:00 Throughput of port Ust-Luga up 11% to 103.29 mln t in 2017
15:34 Maritime engineering firm Intermarine UK opens new facility at Portland Port, Dorset
15:08 Boskalis supports V Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
15:04 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Gulf ports to North Europe and the Mediterranean
14:47 Damen signs contract with Canada’s Group Ocean for two Modular Multi Cats
14:26 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 10% to 53.64 mln t in 2017
13:59 Four vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on Jan 21-22
13:35 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 12,946 in RF spot market
13:12 Freight turnover of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) in 2017 was flat Y-o-Y at 3.1 mln t
12:47 Kalinka Shipping congratulates North-Western Shipping Company on its 95th anniversary!
12:24 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,125 points
12:00 “K” Line announces delivery of 14000-TEU containership “MILANO BRIDGE”
11:36 Okskaya shipyard lays down the fourth oil barge of Project ROB20 for Paula Rise (photo)
11:13 Cargo traffic on Russia’s IWW in 2017 up 0.5% Y-o-Y to 118.6 mln t (photo)
11:00 “K” Line announces delivery of ‘Corona’ Series coal carrier “CORONA WISDOM”
10:25 Brent Crude futures price up 0.29% to $68.81, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.22% to $63.45
10:11 Suez Canal revenues up with a rate of 250 million dollars
10:02 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) up 4.8% to 20.75 mln TEUs in 2017
09:40 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in 2017 up 4.1% Y-o-Y to 50.64 mln t (table)
09:19 Port of Singapore January-December volumes grow 5.5% to 626.17 million tonnes

2018 January 21

10:34 Piraeus Port Authority SA obtains Certificate for the Managing Adequacy System