DNV GL Maritime’s chief executive Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen recently met with Konstantin Palnikov, director general of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS), at its head office in St Petersburg to sign a bilateral framework agreement for co-operation between both class societies. During the talks, DNV GL and RS expressed satisfaction at the positive experience of co-operation in dual classification of ships. As of today, about 20 ships are in dual RS-DNV GL class.
The two companies discussed prospective areas of further co-operation that would enable them to effectively complement each other’s unique competencies. Priority co-operation areas include ensuring compliance of ships with the requirements of the Polar Code, rendering of relevant expert assistance to stakeholders and developing interpretations of the code’s provisions building on RS and DNV GL’s experience. The talks also touched upon co-operation aimed at improving technical standards for the safety of gas-fuelled ships.
The new framework document sets out the general procedure for delegating authority in cases where one society performs surveys of ships classed by the other and lays down general terms and conditions for co-operation in the area of dual classification of newbuildings and ships in service, surveys of materials and equipment for ships.
“We look forward to strengthening our co-operation with RS, which will benefit the Russian maritime industry and our long-term partnerships with Russian clients,” said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen.
At about the same time, RS was authorised by the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation to carry out surveys of ships flying the flag of the Russian Federation for compliance with the Polar Code. Upon authorisation of the maritime administration of the Russian Federation, RS will carry out surveys for compliance with the Polar Code of passenger and cargo ships as well as offshore installations registered in the Russian National Shipping Register, bareboat charter register, Russian International Shipping Register or the register of ships under construction. RS authorisation will cover approval of documentation, performance of the prescribed surveys and issue of a Polar Ship Certificate.
From 1 January 2017, the Polar Code requirements will apply to new ships constructed on or after this date. The ships constructed prior to this date shall comply with the Polar Code not later than the date of the first renewal (special) or intermediate survey after 1 January 2018. From the above dates, the ships shall comply with the Polar Code requirements on safe navigation (structure, machinery, equipment) and environmental protection (absolute prohibition for discharge of oil and oily waters, noxious liquid substances, operational restrictions for sewage and garbage discharge).