• 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 October 18

18:03 VSDV opens new crossdock location in the port of Amsterdam
17:33 The first vessel in Klaveness Combination Carriers next generation of combination carriers named at New Yangzi Shipyard in China
17:17 Cargo transportation via Northern Sea Route can reach 17 million tonnes in 2018
17:03 Savannah container trade up 12 percent in September 2018
16:55 PGRK: sales strategy of Pavlovskoye deposit project is focused on foreign markets
16:33 SITC Logistics Group signs strategic cooperation agreement with Chengdu Port Investment Group and Guangzhou Port Logistics Group
16:03 NYK and Horiba to develop a new sulfur-in-oil analyzer for ships
15:34 Thames freight volume rises by 40% as Thames Vision strategy starts to bear fruit
15:33 Port of Rotterdam Authority and research institute TNO present results of the study at IMO meeting
15:31 Dublin Port volumes grow by 4.7% in first nine months. By year end, 36% growth in just six years
15:03 Chinese Lingang group invests 85 million euros in Zeebrugge inner port
14:47 Practical aspects of LNG bunkering to be discussed at the dedicated conference in Moscow on October 24
14:33 Nouryon, Tata Steel, and Port of Amsterdam partner to develop the largest green hydrogen cluster in Europe
14:24 Bunker prices may change irregular next week amid rising volatility on global fuel market, expert says
14:11 Tallink and Rauma marine constructions sign letter of intent for the construction of new shuttle ferry
14:02 VesselMan and DNV GL team up to offer optimized solution for dry-docking management
13:30 Project Forward paves the way for meeting IMO’s reduction on CO2 emissions
13:14 Equinor’s share saving plan allocates shares
13:02 Damen Shipyards Group and Abu Dhabi Ports sign contract for two Damen ASD Tugs 2411
12:52 Volumes transported by TransContainer’s flatcars and containers grew by 5.1% Y-o-Y to 1.38 million TEUs
12:43 Diana Shipping announces direct continuation of time charter contract for M/V Astarte with Glencore
12:40 Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf adds three new certifications
12:30 Vympel Shipyard launches third coast guard boat of Project 1496М1, Lamantin, for FSB Border Guard Service
12:11 Equinor focuses NCS portfolio through sale of non-core discovery
11:51 Securitas Technology BV installing cameras in the Port of Rotterdam
11:28 HII starts fabrication of amphibious assault ship Bougainville (LHA 8)
10:55 Seafarers’ mental health is focus of new training programme offered free to mariners worldwide
10:51 RF Navy’s Pacific Fleet detachment to conduct exercise East China Sea
10:13 Ulstein secures contract for design of Jones Act compliant SOV vessel
09:58 Brent Crude futures price up 0.07% to $79.99, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.1% to $67.61
09:39 Myanmar officials trained in forming maritime transport policy
09:14 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,554 points

2018 October 17

18:03 PGNiG and Venture Global LNG announce LNG Sales and Purchase Agreements for 2 million tonnes per year
17:46 The Freeport of Riga Authority continues to develop cooperation with China
17:22 Port Manatee enjoys record fiscal year with diverse growth
17:00 North Sea Port and Titan LNG successfully supply sea-going vessel with LNG fuel
16:55 33 LNG carriers and 8 gas condensate carriers with export cargo left port Sabetta in April-June 2018
16:24 Baku International Sea Trade Port launches two new tugboats
16:02 Hapag-Lloyd announces General Rate Increase for East Asia to Mexico, Central America, West Coast of South America, Caribbean & Panama trade
15:46 New BIMCO & IBIA Bunkering Guide available
15:23 NOVATEK and Fluxys plan to build an LNG terminal in Rostock
15:02 NYK develops original software that diagnoses combustion chamber problems
14:40 RF Government allocates RUB 8.4 billion for the Far East development
14:21 Scorpio Bulkers announces time charter-out agreements
14:03 CMA CGM implements Empty Repositioning Surcharge for exports from all Turkish ports
13:32 Ørsted contracts Van Oord for cable installation Borssele I & II
13:21 Throughput of Ukraine’s seaports in 9M’18 fell by 1.7% Y-o-Y to 95.9 million tonnes
13:04 CMA CGM to introduce new BAF on Asia-Africa trade
12:30 GTT and Dongsung Finetec sign a Memorandum of Understanding
12:02 Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and partners sign MoU for 3D printing facility and applications in maritime sector
11:53 Identifying barriers to cutting emissions through just-in-time operations
11:27 Norddeutsche Reederei H. Schuldt joins V.Group
10:50 Brent Crude futures price down 0.09% to $81.34, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.06% to $71.88
10:42 CMA CGM to introduce new BAF on Europe-Africa trade
10:37 Damen Shipyards Galati hands over 74-metre fishery research vessel to Angolan government
10:27 Maritime Arctic Competence Center opens in Saint-Petersburg
09:42 KN invests in environmental protection measures
09:20 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,578 points

2018 October 16

18:33 Maersk Line announces new FAK rates from Mediterranean to West and Central Asia
18:03 ABS holds two seminars at the 58th Genoa International Boat Show