Tariffs for provision of icebreaking pilotage services provided by
the FSUE «Atomflot» in the Northern Sea Route water area
The Rules for the application of tariffs


Marine transportation on the Northern Sea Route is regulated by the legislation based on the principles of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, 1982, in particular article 234 “Ice-covered Areas”. This article authorizes the coastal states within the exclusive economic zone to adopt and enforce the non-discriminatory laws and regulations for prevention and monitoring of marine pollution from vessels in the areas covered with ice for most of the year.

In summer 2012 Russian Federation adopted New Federal Low on Amendments to specific legislative acts of the Russian Federation related to Governmental regulation of merchant shipping in the water area of the Nothern Sea Route.

Based on Federal Low in January 2013 Ministry of Transport of Russian Federation developed and approved New Rules of Navigation in the Northern Sea Route water area. This document was registered at the Ministry of Justice of Russia on 12th of April 2013.

Since 15th of April 2013 the official webpage of new NSR Administration www.NSRA.ru is up and running.

NSR Current Legislation

Application for Admission to navigate in the Northern Sea Route Area

Unofficial translation
Rules of navigation in the Nothern Sea Route water area

Original Russian version published here:

NSR Federal Law
Permits for Cabotage Transportation and Towing
Enclosure to the Application for Admission to navigate in the NSRA
Communications instructions for Arctic navigation 2012 - 2013 on the Northerns Sea Route
Basics of the State Policy of the Russian Federation in the Arctic


NSR archive documents (not valid now)

Instruction booklet to ship-owner
Rules of navigation on the seaways of the Northern Sea Route
Regulations for Icebreaker and Pilot guiding of vessels
Requirements to the design equipment and supplies
Procedure of granting permission for the escorting of the ships along the NSR
Explanatory note to the Draft of NSR Federal Law
Declaration of readiness of the Ship to navigation in the waters of the NSR



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