Web Alert: Ice navigation season underway in Ukrainian and Russian ports

News & Insights 29 January 2016


Winter navigation has reportedly been announced in the ports of Nikolaev, Dnepro-Bugskiy, Mariupol, Taganrog, Rostov-on-Don, Yeysk, Azov and Kherson.

Winter navigation has reportedly been announced in the ports of Nikolaev, Dnepro-Bugskiy, Mariupol, Taganrog, Rostov-on-Don, Yeysk, Azov and Kherson.
 
Navigation with an ice-breaker convoy is a compulsory requirement for ships without ice class.  The application is made to the relevant Harbour Master, and the decision to permit the ship for navigation is taken on a case-by-case basis.  A combination of factors are taken into account in the application process, such as:

  • Year built
  • Tonnage
  • Classification Society
  • Main engine power
  • Type of propeller – e.g. fixed or controllable pitched
  • Radio navigation equipment
  • Actual draft
  • Type and quantity of cargo on board
  • Bunkering and stores on board
     
    Several additional considerations for members to make:
  • Masters are usually asked to provide written confirmation that they are familiar with ice conditions and will follow the ice-breaker at their own risk
  • There may be a period of days waiting time for the convoy
  • Ships on departure must have bunkering and stores for a set minimum number of days, depending on the port

Ships planning to call at these ports should seek local advice on the requirements for ice navigation.

For more information on ice navigation, please see the club's recent publication on the right.
 

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