• 2020 February 20 10:52

    Russian Maritime Register of Shipping introduces new scheme of oil and gas equipment approval

    Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) introduces the new scheme of oil and gas equipment approval, RS says in a press release.

    The relevant Circular letter is published at rs-class.org in the Online Information – RS Circulars section.

    RS sorted all types of oil and gas equipment subject to survey into five groups ranking as per safety impact rate. Depending on the particular group and production volumes, RS introduced several approval modes. Key changes include empowering the manufacturer’s quality assurance unit to approve the products under certain groups and issue a declaration of conformity / draw up a certificate. Previously, RS introduced this scheme for marine equipment, materials and products and received early positive feedback from clients.

    “We consider meeting the installed oil and gas equipment safety requirements at design, manufacturing and operation stages dramatically affects the safety of offshore oil and gas units as a whole. The change fully reflects our endeavor to optimise the approval procedures while keeping the commitment to high safety standards,” noted Head of the RS Offshore Oil and Gas Equipment Technical Supervision Department Pavel Agapov.

    The new scheme is provided in the Rules for the Oil and Gas Equipment of Floating Offshore Oil and Gas Production Units, Mobile Offshore Drilling Units and Fixed Offshore Platforms.

    The Rules reflect the requirements for the design and operation of field and auxiliary equipment for offshore oil and gas production, processing and offloading. The document is developed upon R&D with due consideration for real life survey experience during offshore oil and gas facilities design and construction as well as oil and gas equipment and gear industrial safety expertise.

    Over the past year, the Rules integrated the following amendments: the new chapter Audit of Firms, containing the requirements for companies that carry out diagnostics, conversion, installation and maintenance of drilling and process equipment of FPSO/MODU/FOP; the new chapter Well Logging Hoists containing the requirements for the relevant technical particulars and scope of tests; the enhanced requirements for the pressure release and gas withdrawal systems; the new code Electrical Insulating Joints for piping systems.

    The amendments take into account the requirements of the RF state oil and gas industry safety supervision authorities, international documents as well as industry standards (ISO, API, ASME, etc.).

    “Enhancement of oil and gas production and transportation facilities safety level is ensured when complying with the requirements of international conventions, national regulatory and technical base. RS task is to consistently embrace these requirements in our Rules and Guidelines, offering integrated approach to the safety of all offshore development facilities,” said Head of the RS Offshore Oil and Gas Facilities Technical Supervision Division Sergey Balagura.




2020 April 8

12:05 Inland terminals at the Port of Hamburg hit by the corona crises differently
11:30 IAPH Tokyo secretariat transited to remote work from home
11:05 SAFEEN acquires its largest service vessel to date
11:02 BC Ferries adjusted service levels due to Covid-19 pandemic
10:39 ABB increases remote support for ships to help customers during the COVID-19 outbreak
10:38 Port of Gdansk actively supports fight against coronavirus
10:16 Tallink Grupp’s vessels Megastar, Galaxy and Baltic Princess suspend passenger transport to Finland
09:53 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Apr 08
09:40 Bunker prices start going up at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is down to 596 points
08:47 Golden Ocean announces appointment of Ulrik Uhrenfeldt Andersen as CEO

2020 April 7

18:38 RF Government makes big decision to quit transshipment of NOVATEK’s LNG in Norway
17:27 BashVolgotanker opens navigation with first tanker leaving Samara for Kavkaz
17:03 IADC moves its seminar and course to 2nd half of 2020
16:49 RF Navy’s oceanographic research vessel "Admiral Vladimirsky" arrived in the Durville Sea
16:05 ECSA and ETF launch joint project WESS
15:51 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
15:43 Port of Rotterdam adds Boxinsider to Portbase
15:28 Dredging works at LNG terminal in Klaipeda Seaport completed ahead of schedule
15:04 VTT to assess bio- and waste-based oils suitable for power plants and ships
14:43 Nordic Investment Bank is sponsoring expansion of Klaipeda Seaport
14:20 AET and TOTAL agree time charter for two LNG dual-fuel VLCCs
13:52 Rosmorport changed tariffs on crew boats services rendered in seaports of Eysk and Temryuk
13:29 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard introduced short-time operation till 30 April 2020
12:54 Rosmorport announces tender to reconstruct coastal facilities of Vanino-Kholmsk ferry service
12:26 Rosmorport announces tender to build and reconstruct port infrastructure in Nikolskoye settlement
11:47 Hydrographic vessel of RF Navy’s Pacific Fleet continues its long-distance cruise to Antarctica
11:09 Hurtigruten temporarily suspends operations
10:25 Brent Crude futures price is up 3% to $34.04, Light Sweet Crude – up 3.53% to $27
10:08 Stena Line to furlough 600 employees and make 150 redundant in UK and the Republic of Ireland due to COVID-19
09:53 Extraordinary security measures undertaken by PORT FLEET operating in Big Port St. Petersburg
09:34 Nuclear-powered container carrier Sevmorput unloaded cargo for Arctic LNG 2 project
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 604 points
09:02 Austria's overseas traffic via Hamburg remains stable
08:46 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Apr 07
08:19 LR chosen for LNG Canada export terminal project in Kitimat

2020 April 6

18:37 Okeanis Eco Tankers announces three year VLCC time charter
18:06 Bureau Veritas helps to manage risk thanks to digitalized inspection services
17:45 Turnover of DeloPorts terminals in January-March of 2020 reached 2.6 mln tonnes, up 44% YoY
17:39 The production of Tallink’s new car and passenger ferry MyStar has started at Rauma shipyard
17:12 Maersk Container Industry signs first Star Cool milestone contract with Evergreen
17:06 Lloyd’s Register completes six-day, three-person audit for marine and offshore component and equipment business Whittaker Engineering
16:30 8,800 cbm of material dredged in Korsakov seaport
16:08 MABUX Digest: Top events on global bunker market: Week 14
16:06 CMA CGM cancels PSS for cargo from East Africa to Asia
15:59 The Korean Register releases the latest updated version of KR-CON
14:50 DNV GL’s new MMC unlocks unprecedented machinery efficiencies and insights
13:57 Technical fleet of Moscow Canal to begin navigation season on April 24
13:33 Construction of Tallink Grupp’s newest eco-friendly LNG-powered shuttle ferry to begin at RMC shipyard in Rauma
12:46 World Ports Covid19 Information Portal established
12:22 IMO issues guidance for delays in newbuild vessel deliveries due to COVID-19
12:00 Nanjing Jinling Shipyard launches the second of G5GG ro-ro vessels for Grimaldi Group
11:18 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO fell to RUB 6,299 in RF spot market
11:00 Port of Singapore remains open amidst additional precautionary measures
10:21 Brent Crude futures price is down 1.61% to $33.56, Light Sweet Crude – down 3.18% to $27.43
10:09 NovaAlgoma Short Sea Carriers takes delivery of new mini-bulker
09:50 CIMC Raffles cuts first steel for largest Ice Class ro-ro
09:34 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Apr 06
09:32 RF Government approves draft Energy Strategy until 2035
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is down to 616 points