Ice Pilot Services

Referring to Rules of navigation in the water area of the Northern Sea Route 2013 and information from official NSR Administration webpage www.nsra.ru

 

Information about organizations which provide ice pilotage:

Federal State Unitary Enterprise «Atomflot» (FSUE «Atomflot»)

Address:183017, Russia, Murmansk-17, FSUE «Atomflot»

Е-mail: general@rosatomflot.ru

Official Site: http://www.rosatomflot.ru/

Tel: +7 (8152) 553-355 (secretary)

Fax: +7 (8152) 553-300

Ice Pilots Ltd

Address: 183038, Russia, Murmansk, Lenina Av. 46-35

E-mail: antipin.valer@yandex.ru

Official Site: http://www.murmansksma.com

Tel/Fax: +7 (8152) 473-572

Autonomous non-commercial company «The latest guld of polar pilots»

Address: 191123, Russia, Saint-Petersburg, Furshatskaya st, 45, room 1

E-mail: stvor@vitino.spb.ru

Official site: www.polarpilots.ru

Tel: +7 (812) 272-32-95

Fax: +7 (812) 275-69-55

FSUE "Rosmorport" Arkhangelsk branch

Address: 163000, Russia, Arkhangelsk, K.Libknehta st, 34

E-mail: mail@ark.rosmorport.ru

Official site: www.rosmorport.com

Tel: +7 (8182) 65-46-26

Fax: +7 (8182) 65-03-43

 

Rules of ice pilotage of vessels in the Northern Sea Route water area

Ice pilotage of vessels is performed to ensure safe navigation and prevent accidents at sea, as well as to protect the marine environment in the Northern Sea Route water area.

According to MSC Clause 51 Item 5 fees for ice pilotage services for a vessel in the Northern Sea Route water area is determined in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation on natural monopolies taking into account ship’s capacity, ice-class, the distance of pilotage, and the navigation period.

Person carrying out the pilot ice assistance of ships authorized for the pilot ice assistance in thewater area of the Northern Sea Route with a service record not less than for three years as ship master or chief mate on sea ships with a capacity of 3000 t and more out of which at least six months of thenavigation of ship under ice conditions .and being worker of the organization rendering services of the pilot ice assistance of ships in the water area of the Northern Sea Route (hereinafter referred to as ice pilot) gives recommendations to ship master during the navigation of ship under ice conditions in the water area of the Northern Sea Route.

In the course of ice pilotage the ice pilot shall give recommendations to the vessel’s master concerning:

• Assessment of ice conditions and possibility of safe navigation for the vessel in the current conditions;
• Choice of the optimal route for the vessel and the appropriate navigation tactic for the vessel on ice-infested water during independent voyage;
• Selection of speed and ways of maneuvering by the vessel to avoid hazardous interaction between the vessel’s hull and propeller-rudder system and ice;
• Ways to maintain safe speed and distance to the icebreaker or another vessel ahead while proceeding in an ice caravan;
• Ways to fulfill instructions received from the icebreaker performing icebreaker support.

To perform ice pilotage, the ice pilot is to have at his disposal the following technical equipment and materials:

1) Sea navigation charts and guidelines for the Northern Sea Route water area, corrected according to the latest Notices to Mariners;
2) Navigational, hydro-meteorological and hydrological information on the Northern Sea Route water area;
3) Warm special clothing according to the climate conditions of the Northern Sea Route water area.

In the course of ice pilotage the ice pilot shall have the right:

1) To use the vessel’s radio station and other means of communication;
2) To use all the navigation equipment and auxiliary devices of the vessel;;
3) To receive from the vessel’s master information on structural and operational peculiarities of the vessel, as well as on the current status of navigation instruments, propulsion system, steering, thrusting, anchor, and other systems responsible for the vessel’s steering and maneuvering;
4)  To receive from the vessel’s master information on the vessel’s name, her description (length, breadth, draft, mast height above the water, speed, auxiliary thrusters), call signs, data on the draft, loading, stability, and resistance to flooding;
 

Before the commencement of ice pilotage the ice pilot shall be obliged:

1) On the arrival aboard ship to show to ship master a certificate;
2) To have the plan of forthcoming trip through the Northern Sea Route water area approved by the vessel’s master;
3) To have the plan of forthcoming participation in an ice convoy or following an icebreaker as a single vessel approved by the vessel’s master;
4) To have approved by the vessel’s master the procedures of forwarding information and directions related to the vessel control, as well as control of consequences of such directions fulfillment in the process of forthcoming ice pilotage;
5) To have the ice pilot’s recreation schedule approved by the vessel’s master.

The ice pilot’s boarding to the vessel shall take place in a sea port of the Russian Federation or in a foreign port from which the vessel is proceeding to the Northern Sea Route water area, as well as at the ice pilot receipt location.

The ice pilot shall leave the vessel in a sea port of the Russian Federation or in a foreign port which is the vessel’s first port of call after the trip through the Northern Sea Route water area, as well as at the ice pilot disembark point.

24 hours, 12 hours, and 3 hours before reaching the ice pilot receipt location the vessel’s master shall notify the organization providing ice pilotage services of the vessel’s arrival time at the ice pilot receipt location.

The ice pilot arriving onboard the vessel shall produce to the vessel’s master the Certificate and the receipt to be filled with the following information:

1) Notice of receipt No.;
2) The ice pilot’s first name, last name, and patronymic (if any);
3) The vessel’s name;
4) The vessel’s flag;
5) The vessel’s IMO No.;
6) The vessel’s call sign;
7) The vessel’s type;
8) The vessel’s dimensions: length overall, beam overall, the height of air draft;
9) The vessel’s draft in stern and aft in meters;
10) The vessel’s latest port of call;
11) Port of destination;
12) Type and quantity of the goods in metric tons (if available);
13) Number of passengers (if any);
14) Name of ship owner;
15) Name of the vessel’s agent;
16) Date and time of ice pilot’s arrival onboard the vessel;
17) Date and time of the ice pilot’s discharge from the vessel;
18) Information on the initial and final points of the ice pilotage route;
19) Information of the vessel master’s comments;
20) First name, last name and patronymic of the vessel’s master;
21) Date of the notice of receipt.

The notice of receipt is to be signed by the vessel’s master and stamped with the vessel’s stamp.
All records in the notice of receipt are to be duplicated in English.

NSR IO: Northern Sea Route Information Office / E-mail: sergey@chnl.no / Phone: Murmansk, Russia +7-911-310-90-69 / Kirkenes, Norway: +47-954-67-093

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