Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) has introduced requirements for ships whose structural calculations are verified for compliance with RS Rules using specialized RS software during the review of technical documentation.
The updates were introduced in the December Rule Change Notice to the Rules for the Classification and Construction of Sea-Going Ships, the provisions of which entered into force on January 1, 2024. The document is available in the section "RS Publications" on the official RS website. Vessels meeting the new requirements may be assigned additional distinguishing marks at the request of the shipowner:
The calculation results obtained using RS software are also considered when reviewing technical documentation for ships accepted to the RS class from the class of an ACS-IACS member and which, at the request of the shipowner, need to retain the permissible navigation conditions established by the ACS-IACS member but differing from those specified in the RS requirements. Such ships may be assigned an additional distinguishing mark for special restricted area of navigation R(special).
Founded in 1913, Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) is a world-renowned classification society that operates within all spheres of the maritime industry. The organization’s main objectives are to enhance the safety standards of human life at sea, ensure the safe navigation of ships and the secure transportation of cargoes by sea and inland waterways, as well as to develop standards for environmental protection.
RS reviews technical documentation, surveys ships under construction and in service, issues documents and certificates for vessels, offshore facilities, ship machinery, equipment and devices; conducts measurements of ships and floating facilities; carries out surveys to ensure compliance with international conventions; certifies industrial products and manufacturers, quality management systems, sustainability management and occupational health and safety management systems in compliance with ISO standards. RS surveys general cargo containers, thermal containers, tank containers, platform containers, offshore containers, etc.
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