Port Murmansk - Navigation Information


1. General information

The FSUE “Rosmorport” Murmansk branch provides round-o-clock pilotage services to all kinds of vessels calling at the seaports of Murmansk and Kandalaksha as well as information (consulting) pilot services beyond mandatory pilotage area. 
The Murmansk branch Pilotage Service employs 47 pilots: 25 high-grade pilots and 22 second-grade pilots. 
The Pilotage Service specialists are highly skilled and experienced professionals, able to execute pilotage operations of any difficulty, in different weather conditions and to all types of vessels (dry cargo vessels, bulk cargo vessels, tankers, nuclear-powered icebreakers, special-purpose devices and platforms) regardless of size and displacement. 
Pilots` training meets the requirements of Resolution on the Russian Federation pilots, approved by the Ministry of Transport. The pilots implement skill improvement and training in centers of Admiral Makarov State Maritime Academy, Murmansk State Technical University, and I.I. Mesyatsev State Marine Fishing Academy. 
The Murmansk branch Pilot Service has all necessary pilot boats and cars in its disposal for timely pilot delivery to vessels. 

2. Information on pilotage areas

Seaport of Murmansk

A pilotage area in the seaport of Murmansk is established by Compulsory Regulations for the seaport of Murmansk, approved by FSE “Administration of the Seaport of Murmansk” and dated 28.11.2007 (as amended and supplemented) and consists of 2 sectors: an inport pilotage sector and an outport pilotage one. 
Inport pilotage sector is limited by the seaport water area borders established by the Government of the Russian Federation order dated 17.10.2009 № 1535-р (as amended and supplemented). 
The outport pilotage sector is situated from parallel 69°12'00" N as far as the seaport water area northern border. 
The extent of the pilotage is 21 nautical miles. Embarkation for vessels calling at the seaport of Murmansk takes place in a point 69°12'00'' N 33°31'50" E, during storm weather — to south-west from Salny Island (69°07'30" N 33°25'00" Е) or in the Retinsky Cape area. 
Embarkation for vessels leaving the seaport or for shifting or other motion within the seaport’s water area takes place in a vessel’s dislocation point (terminal berths, anchorages, roadstead terminals). 

3. The pilotage services terms and conditions

According to the Compulsory Resolutions on the seaport of Murmansk and General Regulations for the sea trade port of Kandalaksha, pilotages (outport and inport) for vessels calling at leaving the seaports of Murmansk and Kandalaksha respectively are mandatory. 
The following vessels are exempted from the pilotage: 
- vessels of the Russian Navy, Border Guard of Federal Security Service and single-purpose vessels and ships of other state agencies by the command authority presentation; 
- vessels constantly working within established pilotage area with captains who passed qualification examination and have sufficient work experience in command duty, except oil tankers with deadweight more than 400 tons; 
- fishing fleet vessels within fishing vessels processing terminal water area; 
- small-size vessels; 
- when vessel’s captain (senior assistant allowed to navigation in captain’s absence), acquires a pilotage exemption certificate (PEC) on conclusion of qualification commission with the seaport of Murmansk captain in the chair.

The pilotage services in seaports of Murmansk are provided in accordance with Compulsory resolutions on the seaport of Murmansk requirements. 

Vessels calling at the seaport of Murmansk are supplied with Murmansk branch pilots on the basis of the ship owner’s or marine agent’s requests in the presidency order. When requests filed with violation of indicated terms or failed to be confirmed in due time or when vessels do not have a pilotage exemption certificate the services are provided far down on the priority, when free pilots are available. 

The pilotage requests are filed to the Murmansk branch by fax (+7 (8152) 48-04-80) or e-mail (Lotsmur@mf-rmp.ru) by shipowner (his proxy) in the following terms: 
- when entering the port, 48 hours before arrival to the embarkation point, to be confirmed no later than 4 hours before stated time; 
- when service in the seaport’s water area, 2 hours before navigation, if the operation is planned to be implemented from 10:00 till 17:00, and before 15:00 the current day, if the operation is planned to be implemented from 17:00 till 10:00 next day; 
- when leaving the seaport, 6 hours before departure, to be confirmed 2 hours before departure. 

The branch is not responsible for possible delays and vessel demurrage due to pilot waiting in the following cases: 
- if the pilotage request was filed out-of-date or the vessel arrived 2 hours late of stated time; 
- embarkation is impossible due to the storm weather (speed of wind is more than 15 m/s); 
- in the absence or discrepancy of the debarkation/embarkation point devices (discrepancy of drawbridges from the tug delivering the pilot or vice versa) to the labor protection and IMO requirements. 

A pilot arriving to the vessel produces a receipt confirming his right to implement the pilotage of the vessel, where the fact of the pilotage and possible commentaries to his work are put, to the captain. The receipts, filled in and signed by the vessel’s captain, are the grounds for the pilotage fare calculation. The vessel’s captain hands to the pilot an IMO established type pilot card with precise information about the vessel and informs the pilot on controllability features and the vessel’s condition. 

When captain of vessel under the pilotage won’t follow pilot’s recommendations, the latter (in thirds man’s evidence) has the right to refuse the pilotage, having notified the Kola Bay VTS operator and demanding the captain to make a notice in log book and pilot receipt. However, the pilot has to stay aboard and give information on safety navigation on the captain’s requirement. If the captain demands to resume the pilotage, the pilot must resume the pilotage. 
When mooring, the communication between pilot, tugboats and berths is implemented on the VHF channel 14. 

The FSUE “Rosmorport” Murmansk branch is not responsible for possible delays and vessel demurrage due to pilot waiting, if the pilotage request was filed out-of-date or the operation started more than 30 minutes after stated time.

Terms and conditions of the provision of additional information services by the Murmansk branch pilots beyond the mandatory pilotage area on a contract basis 

The FSUE “Rosmorport” Murmansk branch at the suggestion of customers is able to provide information services on pilot consulting the navigator on shipping terms beyond mandatory pilotage areas, including information on: 
- currents action (influence) in the navigation area; 
- local customs and rules in the navigation area; 
- navigator’s interaction with Dispatcher Services, State Port Control Inspection of FSE “Administration of Seaport of Murmansk”, and tugboats crew; 
- interaction with the Kola Bay VTS; 
- other navigator’s actions concerning the operations implemented (navigation areas). 

The services are provided on the basis of contract for value for information (consulting) services provision (the Contract) between the Murmansk branch and customer (vessel’s captain, shipowner, marine agent). 

To conclude a contract, the consumer should file a written request to the Murmansk branch by fax (+7 (8152) 55-08-50) or by e-mail (mf-rmp@mf-rmp.ru) The request is examined within 30 days or less, according to the terms requested. If requested services are possible to provide, the consumer gets the Contract in duplicate for signing. The Contract signed by the consumer should be returned to the Murmansk branch. 
Information services connecting with consulting on shipping terms beyond mandatory pilotage areas is implemented by pilots according to the Contract’s terms. 

The Murmansk branch pilotage services are charged by the pilotage dues.


1. General Information 

The FSUE “Rosmorport” Murmansk branch renders navigational services using port Vessel Traffic Services of the Kola Bay to the vessels calling at seaport of Murmansk. The Kola Bay VTS meets all the current requirements and serves to increase the navigation security level, shipping efficiency, safety life at sea, marine environment protection, and seacoast safeguard in the Kola Bay water area and on the approaches. The Kola Bay VTS includes the Kola Bay VTS Control Center situated on the Abram-Mys cape, 3 automated radio posts (ARP) situated on Mishkunovo cape, Krestoviy cape and Set-Navolok cape. A radiolocating post “Obzor” situated in two cable length to the north from the Lagerniy cape functions as a detached unit of the Kola Bay VTS. 

Using Kola Bay VTS the Murmansk branch implements the following activities: 
- transmission of navigational, current and other information by the Kola Bay VTS operators or by a vessel’s request; 
- navigation assistance; 
- navigation arrangement, including planning, setting the navigation conditions, navigation regulation in the Kola Bay VTS area; 
- control over the navigation and vessel location in anchoring areas and on remote berths. 

The Kola Bay VTS operating personnel consists of 17 professionals certificated in accordance to the IALA V-103 Recommendations and the IMO А.857 (20) Resolution requirements. 

2. The Kola Bay VTS coverage

The Kola Bay VTS supervises navigation on the recommended approach routes to the Kola Bay and also in the northern, middle and southern bends of the Kola Bay. 

The Kola Bay VTS coverage area is limited from the south by the parallel φ = 68º58,10´N and from the north — from the Pogan-Navolok cape straight to the crosspoint of the meridian 33º19,0´E with the Kola peninsula coastline (in the Medvezhiy cape region), further along meridian 33º19,0´E north as far as the 19 mile radius line from the Set-Navolok lighthouse and further south-east by the line mentioned above as far as meridian 34º05,0´E, further south along the 34º05,0´E meridian as far as island Kildin coastline, further along the island Kildin west coast as far as the Byk cape, further straight as far as the Toporkova Pakhta cape, further straight as far as the Zelenetskiy cape. 

The Kola Bay VTS coverage area is divided into 2 sectors. 

Sector № 1 – from a southern border of the Kola Bay VTS area as far as the line connecting the Velikiy cape and the Nikitin cape in the middle bend of the Kola bay. 
Sector № 2 – from the line connecting the Velikiy cape and the Nikitin cape in a middle bend of the Kola bay as far as a northern border of the Kola Bay VTS area. Within the Kola Bay VTS area a secure VHF radio connection and a radiolocating control are provided. The VTS area is fully covered by the Automatic Identification System area. 

3. The Murmansk VTS services terms and conditions. 

The Kola Bay VTS navigation services are provided by the Murmansk branch in accordance with the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation Statute on VTS dated 29.07.2002, IALA VTS MANUAL 2008 and the navigation Rules in the Kola Bay VTS area established by the Compulsory regulations on the seaports of Murmansk approved by FSE “Administration of Seaport of Murmansk” on 28.11.2007 (as amended and supplemented). 

The navigation under control of the Kola Bay VTS is implemented from the calling at the VTS area till the vessel has left the area or before the mooring and when the vessel leaving the berth after the mooring before leaving the VTS area including anchoring and getting of the way. 

All the vessels and a floatage excluding undersized vessels when navigating within the Kola Bay VTS area must follow the set (recommended) fairways plotted on the navigation maps and indicated in the “Conditions of the navigation in the Barents, White and Kara seas” administrative book published in 2007. 

The navigation conditions in the sector № 2 are determined by the Operative officer on-duty of the Kola flotilia of the mixed forces of the Northern Fleet who implements his orders via the Kola Bay VTS operators. Notifications on the changes in navigation conditions should be made within the earlier of 2 hours. 

Every vessel and floatage before entering or navigating within the Kola Bay VTS coverage area must make a constant contact with the VTS operator and transmit following information:
- IMO number; 
- vessel name and type; 
- country flag; 
- agent organization, it’s legal address; 
- the last entered seaport or the destination seaport/region; 
- maximal dimensions, bow draft and stern draft in a fresh water; 
- cargo type and amount, hazard class; 
-  number of the crew and passengers; 
- presence of vessel devices out of order or other restrictions affecting the navigation security
and get the permission to start the navigation. If the vessel doesn’t carry out permitted actions, navigation permission is canceled. 

The navigation services are provided by the vessel’s request or by the Kola Bay VTS decision mainly in heavy hydro-meteorological conditions, when security navigation devices are absent or failed to function. 
The Kola Bay VTS provides radiolocating autotracking with root-mean-square error no more than: 

  • bearing - 0,2º; 
  • distance - 8,6 m; 
  • course - 0,9°; 
  • velocity – 0,5

The terms and conditions of the navigation assistance, including messaging interval, are conformed to the vessel`s captain. The start and the finishing of the assistance should be verified by both sides. During the assistance the vessel is obliged to acknowledge the acquisition of information and recommendations from the Kola Bay VTS and to report the VTS about measures being taken. 

The radio connection of the Kola Bay VTS is carried out on VHF Channels of Marine Mobile Service. The main channel is 12 (stand-by VHF channels are 11, 18, 67). A call sign of the Kola Bay VTS Center is “Murmansk – Radio-9”. VHF channel 16 is a call channel. 
Ships, vessels and floatage navigating or mooring in the Kola Bay VTS coverage area incapable to be on a radiowatch on VHF channels 12 and 16 simultaneously have to be on a constant radiowatch on VHF channels 12 or 16 in concurrence with the Kola Bay VTS operator and ARP. 
VHF communication between the Kola Bay VTS and vessels must be implemented in accordance with the “Rules of Radio Communication of the Marine Mobile Service”. Messaging in the VTS area as far as possible should correspond with the IMO Resolution A.851(20) “General Principles for Ship Reporting Systems and Ship Reporting Requirements”. For the voice communication with a foreign vessel crew “IMO Standard Marine Communication Phrases” in English is used. 
Vessel captain must immediately inform the Kola Bay VTS operator about all the irregular situations affecting safety navigation (ship power plant breakdown, incapacitation of navigation devices or rudder propeller or ground tackle, setting down, collision, heavy weather conditions, sharp fluctuations of the water level, limited visibility etc.) both when mooring and navigating within the VTS area and hereafter execute operator’s orders. 

The Murmansk branch navigation services provided using the Kola Bay VTS to vessels are charged by the navigation dues.

Information from FSUE “Rosmorport” official site was used under the development of the webpage.


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