RS is developing requirements for underwater welding


RS is developing requirements for underwater welding
RS Photo. Author Y. Leonenko.

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) is taking part in a project for acquiring technologies of underwater welding – in September 2023 the testing phase began under RS survey.

The project is organized by the Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering Rubin with the participation of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University and the Training Science and Technology Center Svarka. The final result envisions the development, testing and certification of welding materials and the technological process of underwater welding.

"Nowadays, the issues of underwater welding operations approval are growing more urgent. In particular, such technology is in demand for emergency repairs of the hull, details of offshore platforms and subsea pipelines. In this regard, RS is planning to develop and introduce a new chapter regulating underwater welding into the Rules for the Classification and Construction of Sea-Going Ships, thus paving the way for the practical application of new technology by the industry," commented RS Deputy Director General Sergey Shishkin.

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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.