These officially published Russian Register Guidelines are defining the procedure for compliance of the on-board living and working conditions for the seafarers with the applicable requirements of MLC 2006 Convention, with particular emphasis being placed on the national legislation.

The document is intended to determine the procedure for the issuance of the MLC Certificate to a vessel fully compliant with the requirements of the Convention, and procedures to be followed when performing the review and certification of Part II in the Declaration, as per the MLC Regulation 5.1.3.

The document shall be used by the Russian Register personnel engaged in the relevant inspections as well as by the crew members preparing their vessel for the inspection by RS to ensure compliance with all relevant requirements prior to the inspector's visit on board, again taking into account the national laws and regulations governing the living and working conditions and arrangements.

The document starts with the scope of application and documents, followed by the guidelines for the inspectors and procedures to be followed in the course of the inspection. Three appendices supplement the main content of the Guide with additional information.

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The IACS CSR for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers released in 2014 consist of two parts - General Hull Requirements and Ship Types. The first part covers rule general principles, general arrangement design, structural design principles, loads, hull girder strength, hull local scantling, direct strength analysis, buckling, fatigue, other structures, superstructure, deckhouses and hull outfitting, construction, and ship in operation - renewal criteria. The second part of the book addresses bulk carriers and oil tankers, specifically.

These IACS CSR shall apply to the bulk carriers and oil tankers constructed with double hull, self-propelled and with unrestricted area of navigation, that were contracted on or after July 2015. The typical structural arrangements of the vessels dealt with in these Rules assume double bottom of the depth complying with the requirements of the applicable statutory instruments, and the engine room located abaft the tank/cargo hold area. Note that the Rules do not apply to ore and combination carriers, woodchip carriers, cement, sugar and fly ash carriers (if loading and discharge is not done by grabs heavier than ten tons or power shovels and any other means which might possibly damage the structure of the cargo hold), and the vessels with the construction of the inner bottom adapted for self-unloading of the cargo.

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Official Russian register-released regulations for the class and other activities. The twentieth edition dated 2017 and including all amendments/additions. the book starts with the general information including application of the requirements and description of the classification and all other activities performed by the Russian Register.

Then, the content of the book includes the rules and documentation, responsibilities of the class society, confidentiality matters. The second half of the volume is devoted to the surveys, including surveys conducted in the course of the manufacture of the products and materials, surveys of vessels during construction, under conversion and re-construction, surveys on ships that are in operation, and surveys done in accordance with the requirements of the relevant international agreements and conventions.

A must-have document for the crew members and shore-side personnel of the shipping companies engaged in communication with the class surveyors and responsible for the classification side.

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The latest release of the Russian Register Rules covering the equipment installed on board sea-going vessels. The content of the Rules has been arranged in five separate volumes. The first volume is the smallest - it provides the general survey regulations including survey periods, application of particular requirements, plan approval, technical documentation and other matters considered to be of general nature.

The second Rulebook of the set is devoted to the lifesaving appliances and provides relevant requirements to the LSA of the passenger, cargo, and other types of ships as well as the general requirements to the lifesaving appliances and arrangements on board. The third book covers the means of signaling including the lists of signaling equipment, their construction and fitting of the signal means on board - note that there are additional requirements applicable to the river-going vessels.

Finally, the last two volumes provide the requirements applicable to the radio and navigational equipment installed on board sea-going vessels including functional requirements, performance standards, installation aspects etc. A must-have publication to be possessed on board any sea-going vessel classed by the Russian Register of Shipping.

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The Rules covering the cargo handling gear installed on board sea-going ships - here is the latest release of these Russian Register publication. The requirements contained in the Rules are considered applicable to the cargo gear of the sea-going vessels, as it is implied by the title; in addition, they are equally applicable to the cargo handling gear installed on the mobile and fixed offshore platforms and to the loose gear suspended to different gripping devices forming an integral part of the vessel.

The content of the rulebook is divided into twelve chapters. The first chapter provides general information including application of the rules, scope of the cargo gear survey, general and special requirements, documentation etc. The second chapter is devoted to the calculations associated with cargo handling gear, while the third chapter is dealing with the materials and welding.

The rest of the chapters are covering derricks, cranes and hoists of the ship, upper structures of the crane ships and floating cranes, lifts installed on the ships, elevating platforms, ropes and gears. The last three chapters are dealing with the inspections and review, including examinations and testing of the cargo gear.

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These Guidelines published by Russian Register Class Society are intended to set the technical regulations for the inspection of main/auxiliary marine diesel engines for compliance with the international NOx emission standards both at the manufacturer's plant and on board the vessels.

The survey at the manufacturer's facility are dealt with in the first part of the publication, covering applicable regulations on the inspection and relevant technical documentation. The next part addresses the application of the marine D/E family or group concepts at the plant, again including the regulations on application and technical documentation involved.

Another part is dedicated to the technical supervision in the course of the engine tests that are performed at the manufacturing facility to ensure compliance of the engines with the emission limits set in the NOx Code - test conditions and fuel oil, parameters to check, exhaust gas flow determination, permissible deviations, test run and form of the test report, data evaluation and calculation of the gaseous emissions are all addressed in this part. The other three parts cover the inspections of marine diesel engines on board the ships, checks on board for compliance of the engines with the NOx Code, and surveys of the existing engines.

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As implied by the title, the present Russian Register Guidelines are dealing with the provisions of MARPOL Convention. The regulations for technical supervision of the vessels have been provided in the opening chapter of the document; they are outlining the types and scopes of the surveys involved as well as documentation/certification requirements.

The second part of this publication deals primarily with the ship hull construction, shipboard equipment and marine pollution prevention arrangement with the oil pollution in mind, i.e. Annex I of the Convention - there are requirements applicable to the oil tankers, offshore installations etc. - segregated ballast and cargo tanks, COW systems, slop tanks, sludge tanks, standard discharge connection dimensions, bilge separators, oily water filtering equipment, holding tanks and pumping, piping and discharge arrangement etc. are all addressed in this part.

The next part deals with the pollution by noxious liquid substances carried in bulk, i.e. tank washing, ventilation arrangements, cargo systems, location and size underwater discharges etc., while the following two parts address sewage and garbage pollution. Finally, the last part of the publication covers the air pollution prevention equipment and associated arrangements on board - control of emissions from vessels, ozone-depleting substances, NOx and SOx, VOC, incineration of the garbage, energy efficiency etc. 

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These RS Guidelines have been approved according to the established procedure and are in force since their publication. They shall be treated as a supplement to these RS Guidelines on Technical Supervision of Ships in Service. The Guidelines provide necessary information of the general technical regulations for the inspections on board MODUs and FOPs in service, i.e. classification and other activities, scope of supervision, particulars of the inspection procedures etc.

The basic survey recommendations are also there and address operational restriction, monitoring of the MODU freeboard, stability, subdivision and damage stability, assessment of the working condition, transit surveys etc. Then there are chapters addressing hull (including the requirements for the annual and special surveys, underwater survey and assessment of the technical condition) and equipment, arrangements and outfitting (steering, anchoring, mooring, boarding, towing and other arrangements), fire protection arrangements, machinery and electrical installations, refrigerating plants, lifesaving, navigational and radio equipment etc. the main document is supplemented with the lists of MODU/FOP technical documentation and items supervised by the competent bodies.

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