Icebreaking Services

     1. General Information 

     The FSUE “Rosmorport” Arkhangelsk branch provides icebreaker assistance in the White Sea and in the seaports of Arkhangelsk, Severodvinsk, Vitino, Kandalaksha and Onega water area.
     Icebreaker assistance is implemented by the FSUE “Rosmorport” Arkhangelsk branch icebreakers Dikson, Kapitan Kosolapov, Kapitan Chadaev and Kapitan Evdokimov.
 
Icebreaker Class notation Dimensions
LхWхD (m)
Capacity
(kW)
Self-Sustainment
(days)
Dikson KM(*) LL4[1] AUT2 88,49х21,17х6,5 9 560 39
Kapitan Kosolapov KM(*) LL4[1] R1 AUT1 56,20х16,0х4,2 3 912 15
Kapitan Chadaev M-SP 3,5 (Icebreaker) AUT 77,6х16,3х3,5 4 650 10
Kapitan Evdokimov M-SP 3,5 (Icebreaker) AUT 1 76,52х16,59х2,5 4 815 23

     In case of heavy weather conditions or lack of the Arkhangelsk branch icebreakers, on the FSUE “Rosmorport” decision, one of the Murmansk branch icebreakers (Kapitan Nikolaev or Kapitan Dranitsin) is used by the Arkhangelsk branch to implement the assistance in most difficult areas. 

     Characteristics of all Arkhangelsk branch icebreakers and those of Murmansk branch suit the White Sea and seaport water areas ice conditions to implement the assistance for vessels allowed in the established order in North Sea Basin seaports during winter navigation. 

     2. Information on the icebreaker assistance area

     The seaport of Arkhangelsk and the White Sea winter navigation is opened/closed by the FSE “Administration of the Seaport of Arkhangelsk” head’s announcement, according to ice conditions.
The White Sea assistance lasts from the middle of January till the middle of April at the mean, in the seaport of Arkhangelsk — from the beginning of November till the beginning of May approx. 
     An average winter navigation duration in the White Sea is over 96 days, in the seaport of Arkhangelsk —170 days approx. 
     The winter navigation opening/closure in the seaports of Vitino, Kandalaksha and Onega is established by the captains of the appropriate ports resolution. The winter navigation lasts from the second part of February till the end of April in the average. 
     When winter, the northern ice formation edge (icebreaker assistance start area) is situated in the White Sea Throat. 
     The length of assistances to the White Sea seaports of Arkhangelsk, Vitino, Kandalaksha and Onega averages from 80 to 250 nautical miles depending on ice conditions, dimensions and ice strengthening classes. 

    
    
     3. Icebreaker assistance terms and conditions 

     Icebreaker assistance in the seaports Arkhangelsk and Severodvinsk are implemented by the Arkhangelsk branch according to decisions of Icebreaking Operations Headquarters headed by the seaport of Arkhangelsk captain and according to the Compulsory Regulations on the seaport of Arkhangelsk approved by the FSE “Administration of the Seaport of Arkhangelsk” head and dated 15.02.2007. 
     The seaport of Arkhangelsk captain and the Arkhangelsk branch are responsible for the round-o-clock Icebreaking Operations Headquarters work. 
     The assistance is executed from the northern ice edge in the White Sea Throat to the first berth or to the seaport entrance roadstead or from the last berth or seaport departure roadstead as far as the northern ice edge. 
     Convoy meeting point is defined by the seaport of Arkhangelsk captain in concurrence with a leading icebreaker captain. 
     Vessels are included in the convoy by the Icebreaking Operations Headquarters decision on the basis of shipowners’/marine agents’ applications.
Application forms for vessels inclusion in the convoy for the icebreaker assistance are filed no later than 10:00 (GMT+3) daily to the FSE “Administration of the Seaport of Arkhangelsk” by fax (+7 (8182) 65-05-74) or by e-mail (psc@mapa.ru) with indication of vessel departure preparedness time or time of arrival to the northern ice edge. 
     Filed applications form a vessel list and daily navigation plan under the Arkhangelsk branch icebreaker assistance. 
     Composition and number of vessels in the convoy is defined by the Icebreaking Operations Headquarters according to the ice navigation conditions, ice class and maintenance engineering capabilities of the vessels under assistance. 

     Icebreaker assistance to vessels calling at the seaports of Vitino, Kandalaksha and Onega are implemented in accordance with contracts concluded by the Arkhangelsk branch with shipowners/marine agents, usually before the beginning of winter navigation in the appropriate seaports. 
     In the network of the aforementioned contracts all interactions of parties during the assistance to the appropriate seaports, including concordance and application for assistance of certain vessels with specifications, terms of provision of information on vessel approach to the convoy formation point or departure preparedness, assistance dues and tariffs and other conditions are regulated. 
     To sign an icebreaking assistance contract to the seaports of Vitino, Kandalaksha or Onega one should file a written assistance contract application for vessels calling at the seaports of Vitino, Kandalaksha or Onega to the Arkhangelsk branch by fax (+7 (8182) 65-03-43) or by e-mail (rmp@arhrmp.ru). 
     The request is examined within one working day. After the examination the customer, if the service is technically possible, gets from the Arkhangelsk branch the contract for assistance to the seaports of Vitino, Kandalaksha or Onega for signing. The signed contract original is returned to the Arkhangelsk branch.



     Also, the Arkhangelsk branch is providing individual icebreaker assistance services in accordance with conditions of a model icebreaking services contract (the Contract).
To conclude the Contract shipowner/marine agent should send the Contract application form to the Arkhangelsk branch by fax (+7 (8182) 65-03-43) or by e-mail (rmp@arhrmp.ru). 
     The request is examined within one working day. After the examination the customer, if the service is technically possible, gets back the contract of icebreaking assistance to the seaports of Vitino, Kandalaksha or Onega from the Arkhangelsk branch for signing. The signed contract original is returned to the Arkhangelsk branch. 

     Provided icebreaking services for vessels calling at/leaving the seaports of Arkhangelsk and (or) Severodvinsk are charged by icebreaker dues. Payment for icebreaking services for vessels calling at/leaving the seaports of Vitino, Kandalaksha and Onega is implemented according to the conditions of contracts concluded between FSUE “Rosmorport” and a cargo owner or other icebreaking services customer. Individual icebreaker assistances are implemented according to established tariffs for operation of the Arkhangelsk branch icebreakers. Information on the icebreaker dues and their collection and also individual assistance cost can be found in the subsection “The Arkhangelsk branch Harbor Dues and Tariffs”. 

     4. Statistics

Information on the number of vessels in the White Sea assisted by the Arkhangelsk Branch icebreakers
 
Winter
navigation
Number of vessels
Arkhangelsk and
Severodvinsk
Vitino Kandalaksha Onega
2007 – 2008 261 14
2008 – 2009 296 6 24
2009 – 2010 261 5 18 4
2010 – 2011 279 19 6
2011 – 2012 234 13 4
2012 – 2013 296 10
2013 – 2014 253 14 6
 
Information on the average distance of icebreaking assistance for vessels navigating to seaports of the White Sea
 
Winter
navigation
Average distance of icebreaking assistance,
nautical miles
Arkhangelsk and
Severodvinsk
Vitino Kandalaksha Onega
2007 – 2008 125 240
2008 – 2009 193 290 290
2009 – 2010 157 250 250 250
2010 – 2011 200 290 290
2011 – 2012 180 270 270
2012 – 2013 200 290
2013 – 2014 150 290 290

     5. Contacts 

     For any additional reference information about icebreaking services provided by the FSUE “Rosmorport” Arkhangelsk branch please, contact: 
       - telephone: 
         +7 (8182) 63-72-91 (24h); 
         +7 (8182) 65-68-16 (08:00 - 17:15 (lunch break 12:00 - 13:00), GMT+3) — senior Arkhangelsk branch operator; 
       - fax: +7 (8182) 65-03-43; 
       - e-mail: rmp@arhrmp.ru.
 
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