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Reuters : India provides safety certification to Russian oil tankers

The move is expected to help Sovcomflot keep its fleet operational and supply Russian crude oil abroad.

Classification society Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) is offering safety certification for more than 80 ships managed by Dubai-based SCF Management Services, a subsidiary of Russia’s state-owned shipping company Sovcomflot, reported Reuters.

Citing an Indian shipping source privy to the certification process, the report stated that through the Dubai unit, the bulk of Sovcomflot’s fleet has now transitioned to IRClass.

The move is expected to help Sovcomflot keep its fleet operational and supply Russian crude oil abroad.

However, responding to queries about Sovcomflot’s certification data, an IRClass spokesperson said that the classification society has not certified ‘vessels owned, flagged or managed’ by Russian entities.

IRClass is part of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), which constitutes more than 90% of the world’s cargo-carrying tonnage.

“Membership in IACS, which sets technical standards, typically makes a certifier more attractive for insurers, ports, flag registries, and shipowners seeking safety assurances”, the news agency stated in its report.

Until March, Russia was also a member of the IACS association. However, its membership was revoked, with 75% of IACS members having voted to expel the Russia Maritime Register of Shipping, due to Russia’s military offensive against Ukraine and retaliatory sanctions imposed on the country.

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As a result, several western maritime classification societies, including the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and Lloyd’s Register, have pulled out of Russia.

Four major IACS members from the UK, US, Norway, and France have also stopped certifying the Russian fleet in light of the sanctions.

An IACS spokesman was quoted by Reuters as saying: “IACS is not involved in the operational and commercial activities of its members, including appraisal, approval surveying and testing of vessels and equipment and the issuing of classification and statutory certificates where authorized.”

Meanwhile, Sovcomflot’s CEO recently claimed that the firm had insured all its cargo vessels with Russian insurers.

Indian Register of Shipping completes Noise & Vibration Analysis of 5 Offshore Patrol Vessels

On the other hand, Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) has successfully completed noise and vibration measurement and analysis for five offshore patrol vessels built at Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) for the Indian Coast Guard. IRS’ Marine Technical Services (MTS) are recognized for accurate data acquisition and in-depth analysis. GSL has appreciated IRS for continuous support and timely completion of the project despite challenges caused by the global pandemic.

Noise and vibration measurements are carried out to ascertain compliance with crew and passenger comfort requirements. These requirements are verified as per MLC Code – Regulation 4.3 & Para B.4.3.2, which deals with preventing the risk of exposure to hazardous levels of noise and vibration on board ships and providing an acceptable occupational and onboard living environment for seafarers.

Established in-house procedures are followed for noise measurement and analysis as per SOLAS II-1/3-12, and for vibration measurement and analysis as per standard ISO 20283-5 and customer specifications.

IRS has performed Noise and Vibration analysis for more than 200 vessels including Indian Coast Guard vessels, Passenger vessels, Cement Carriers, Oceanographic vessels, Diving Support Vessel, and a variety of support vessels.

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Mr. Dileep Gupta, Head of Marine Technical Services at IRS, said: “In addition to noise and vibration measurement and analysis, IRS provides technical assistance to resolve this potential problem. IRS has also developed special software tools to predict noise and vibration levels, for newbuild ships at the design stage itself.”

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