RS Nuclear Ships Branch celebrates its 55th anniversary

RS Nuclear Ships Branch celebrates its 55th anniversary
Photo: Baltic Shipyard.

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) is celebrating the 55th anniversary since the establishment of the Nuclear Ships Branch. On June 16, 1969, Order No. 100 of the USSR Minister of the Maritime Fleet marked the creation of the USSR Register Inspectorate, located in Leningrad, which was to perform the functions of state surveys over the design, construction and operation phases of nuclear-powered vessels.

The history of the Branch is inextricably linked to the construction of world's first nuclear-powered icebreaker Lenin. The operating experience of this unique high-tech ship demonstrated the advantages of nuclear icebreakers, lying in their high power and long autonomy of navigation. As a result, the country's leadership mandated the serial construction of such vessels, their survey entrusted to RS.

For 55 years RS specialists have been directly involved in the development of unique marine structures: nuclear icebreakers, floating power plants, nuclear service vessels. The availability of a powerful nuclear fleet allows to increase the throughput capacity of the Northern Sea Route, conduct rescue operations and scientific research in high latitudes, provide electricity and heat to the regions of the Extreme North (currently, Akademik Lomonosov is the world’s northernmost nuclear power plant).

Nowadays, the expertise of the Branch's specialists is employed in the construction of a series of universal double-axis nuclear icebreakers pr. 22220, the newest pr. 10510 nuclear icebreaker Russia with a capacity of 120 MW, two modernized pr. 20871 floating power units, as well as in the review of technical designs of optimized and tropical floating power units.

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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.