Icebreaking Services


1. General Information
2. Information on the icebreaker assistance area
3. Icebreaker assistance terms and conditions

4. Statistics
5. Contacts


     1. General Information 

     The FSUE "Rosmorport" Azovo-Chernomoskiy Basin Branch Eysk Subdivision during winter navigation period provides icebreaking services for vessels, calling at the sea port of Eysk. The Eysk Subdivision also provides additional services, as individual icebreaking pilotage on a contract basis.
     For icebreaking pilotage implementation the Azovo-Chernomoskiy Basin Branch Eysk Subdivision disposes of Captain Krutov icebreaker.
     Icebreaker's technical characteristics meet ice conditions in the Azov Sea and the Taganrog Bay for provision of icebreaking pilotage of vessels which are allowed to enter the sea port of Eysk during winter navigation period.

     Captain Krutov icebreaker technical characteristics: 
     Year and shipyard of construction – 1978, Vyartsilya, Finland; 
     Home port – seaport of Novorossiysk; 
     Register class – Р.Р.Р./ М-СП 2.5А (icebreaker); 
     Register number – 196505; 
     Maximum lenght– 75.2 m; 
     Width – 16 m; 
     Draught – 3.5 m; 
     Power – 4650 kWt; 
     Speed – 14.3 knots; 
     Autonomy – 13 days; 
     Navigation area – Azov Sea (unlimited, year-round), Black Sea (20-mile coastal zone, year-round). 

 

     2. Information on the icebreaker assistance area

     Winter navigation in the sea port of Eysk proceeds from November to April. The beginning and the end of winter navigation period is announced by the sea port's captain depending on the weather conditions. Ice period average duration - 80-90 days, including 30 days of immovable ice (January-February).
     In average, ice formation borders sink to 40°30'N. In case of especially hard ice conditions all the Azov Sea freezes (including the Kerch Strait).
     The icebreaking pilotage area is bordered by the ice edge and the sea port of Eysk reception buoy. In case of hard ice conditions the icebreaker lead up vessels to the sea port of Eysk water area. Average distance of the icebreaking pilotage - 80-89 nautical miles. 

 

     3. Icebreaker assistance terms and conditions 

     Procedure for providing icebreaking assistance services for vessels in a convoy

     Icebreaking pilotage of vessels to the seaport of Eysk is carried out by the Eysk Department of the Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch in accordance with the requirements of:
     - General rules of navigation and moorage of vessels in the seaports of the Russian Federation and on approaches to them, approved by the Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 463 dated 26.10.2017;
     - Mandatory regulations in the seaport of Eysk, approved by the Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 324 dated 21.08.2012;
     - recommendations of the Basin Commission of the FSBI "Marine Port Authority of the Azov Sea" on the organization of icebreaking assistance of vessels in the Russian seaports of the Azov Sea and on approaches to them;
     - decisions of the headquarters for the organization of icebreaking assistance of vessels in the seaport of Eysk and on approaches to it on the operational management of icebreaking operations.

     Icebreaking assistance services for vessels as part of a convoy in the seaport of Eysk are carried out in accordance with a public contract for the provision of services to ensure navigation and stay of vessels in seaports and on approaches to them (hereinafter – the Contract). The terms of the contract and the procedure for its conclusion are specified in the section «Harbour dues and tariffs of the Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch».

     The Basin Commission of the FSBI "Marine Port Authority of the Azov Sea", headed by the Head of the FSBI "Marine Port Authority of the Azov Sea", carries out its activities in accordance with the Regulation on the Basin Commission for the organization of icebreaking assistance of vessels in the Russian seaports of the Azov Sea and on approaches to them, approved by the Order of the FSBI "Marine Port Authority of the Azov Sea" No. 2 dated 20.02.2015.
     During the winter navigation period 2021-2022 by the Order of the Head of the FSBI "Marine Port Authority of the Azov Sea" No. 9 dated 08.12.2021 the composition of the Basin Commission of the FSBI "Marine Port Authority of the Azov Sea" and the specifics of its work have been approved. In accordance with the predicted ice situation in the Azov Sea and in the waters of the seaport of Eysk, the captain of the seaport of Eysk sets the beginning of the icebreaking assistance period, restrictions on the ice navigation regime in accordance with Mandatory Regulations in the seaport of Eysk and establishes the location of the convoy meeting point (hereinafter – CMP).
     During the winter navigation period of 2021-2022, the captain of the seaport of Eysk issued:
     - Order No. 01-03/21 dated 17.12.2021 "On the announcement of the beginning of the icebreaking assistance period of vessels in the seaport of Eysk";
     - Order No. 01-03/08 dated 21.02.2022 "On the end of the icebreaking assistance period of vessels in the seaport of Eysk".
     Notifications of restrictions on ice navigation and the location of the CMP are brought by the captain of the seaport of Eysk to the attention of vessels going to the seaport of Eysk, no later than seven days before the expected date of introduction of restrictions on ice navigation and the location of the CMP and posted on the Internet at: https://eisk.azovseaports.ru/informatsiya/ledokolnyie_provodki.html
     Vessels aged 30 years or more must have a confirmation of the category of ice reinforcement issued by an organization authorized to classify and survey vessels in accordance with Article 22 of the Merchant Shipping Code of the Russian Federation. Fuel, food and water reserves on the vessel must ensure the autonomy of the vessel for at least 14 days from the moment the vessel approaches the CMP for the vessel to enter the seaport.
     Information about the vessel's approach to the CMP is transmitted 72 hours in advance and confirmed 24 hours before the expected approach to the CMP by transmitting to the captain of the seaport of Eysk at the following Internet address: www.portcall.marinet.ru
     Icebreaking assistance of vessels going to/from the seaport of Eysk is carried out by the icebreaker of the Eysk Department of the Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch with the vessel following as part of the ice convoy from /to the convoy meeting point to/from the place of anchoring or to a berth of the seaport of Eysk.
     The formation of the convoy is carried out by the captain of the seaport of Eysk based on:
     - the time of the vessel's approach to the CMP;
     - the time of receipt of the application for entry into the seaport or exit from the seaport of Eysk;
     - the order of movement of vessels established by the General rules of navigation and mooring of vessels in the seaports of the Russian Federation and on approaches to them, approved by the Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 463 dated 26.10.2017;
     - the restrictions for vessels according to the ice navigation regime.
     Vessels going to the seaport approach the CMP using the recommendations of the captain of the seaport of Eysk. A vessel in order to travel to or from a seaport during the icebreaking assistance period of vessels must be able to manually control the main engine.
     The time and order of the vessels' passage through ice are determined by the captain of the seaport at 10.00 a.m. every day and are posted on the Internet at: https://eisk.azovseaports.ru/
     In case of complication of the ice situation and the need to make changes, the time and order of vessels passing through the ice is specified with subsequent posting on the Internet: https://eisk.azovseaports.ru/informatsiya/navigatsionnaya_informatsiya.html

     With the approach to the CMP, a vessel establishes radio communication with the icebreaker of the Eysk Department of the Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch on the 2182 kHz VHF channel (call sign "UIGY") and acts in accordance with its instructions. Vessels included in the convoy, at the command of the icebreaker, switch to the VDL channels indicated by the icebreaker. If necessary, the captain of the seaport of Eysk provides assistance in establishing radio communication between the vessel and the icebreaker.
     Taking into account the actual ice situation in the water area of the seaport and on the approaches to it and the technical characteristics of vessels, vessels can follow the route independently using the recommendations of the seaport captain.
     Vessels traveling independently are obliged to inform the seaport captain about the passage of the control points of the recommended route designated by the seaport captain and to report the ice situation on the route.

     For the icebreaking services provided by the Eysk Department of the Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch in the seaport of Eysk an icebreaking due is charged. Information on the rates of icebreaking dues and the procedure for its collection is provided in the section "Harbour dues and tariffs of the Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch".

     Procedure for providing services for individual icebreaking assistance of vessels in the seaport of Eysk

     The Eysk Department of the Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch during winter navigation provides additional services for individual icebreaking support of vessels making vessel calls to the seaports of Kavkaz and Temryuk and on approaches to them, including in case the vessel is unable to independently follow to the convoy meeting point or as part of the convoy.
     These services are provided on a contractual basis by the Eysk Department of the Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch in accordance with the terms of the contract concluded with the customer for the provision of icebreaking services (hereinafter referred to as the Contract).
     To conclude a contract for individual icebreaking assistance, the shipowner/marine agent sends an application for the conclusion of the Contract to the fax of the Eysk Department of the Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch: +7 (86132) 264-06 or by e-mail rosmorport@esk.rosmorport.ru The application will be considered within seven days from the date of receipt by the Eysk Department of the Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch and, in the absence of technical restrictions on the possibility of providing the claimed services, upon submission of all required documents, the original Contract will be sent to the shipowner/marine agent for signing. The contract signed by the shipowner/marine agent must be returned to the Eysk Department of the Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch.
     For additional information and consultations on the terms and procedure for concluding the Contract, you can contact the legal Department of the Eysk Department of the Azovo-Chernomorsky Branch by phone: +7 (86132) 264-06 (Monday to Friday from 08:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Moscow time).
     Services for individual icebreaking assistance of vessels are carried out in accordance with the procedure and on the terms established by the Contract.

     Information on tariffs for services for individual icebreaking assistance of vessels provided by the Eysk Department of the Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch is available in the section "Harbour dues and tariffs of the Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch".

      4. Statistics 

     Information on the number of icebreaker escorts performed by the Eysk Department of the Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch of vessels en route to (from) the seaport of Yeysk as part of a convoy

Winter navigation

Number of icebreaker escorts

Number of vessels provided with icebreaking assistance

Average length of icebreaking assistance for vessels that called at the seaport of Eysk as part of a convoy, nautical miles

2008-2009

19

262

120

2009-2010

19

292

145

2010-2011

20

239

150

2011-2012

21

247

155

2012-2013 24 218 70
2013-2014 7 73 145
2014-2015 18 422 70
2015-2016 25 241 65
2016-2017 39 394 125
2017-2018 30 177 60
2018-2019 3 6 65
2019-2020
2020-2021 16 71 60
2021-2022

     Information on the number of individual icebreaker escorts of vessels performed by the Eysk Department of the Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch 

Winter navigation

Number of icebreaker escorts

Number of vessels provided with icebreaking assistance

Average length of individual icebreaking assistance of vessels that called at the seaport of Eysk, nautical miles

2008-2009

2

1

45

2009-2010

3

2

55

 2010-2011

2011-2012

16

16

40

2012-2013
2013-2014
2014-2015
2015-2016
2016-2017 2 11 55
2017-2018
2018-2019
2019-2020
2020-2021
2021-2022

     5. Contacts 

   For any additional reference information about icebreaking services provided by the FSUE "Rosmorport" Azovo-Chernomoskiy Basin Branch Eysk Subdivision please, contact: 
       - phone: 7 (86132) 214-88 (24h); +7 (86132) 264-06 (working days 8:45-18:00 (lunch break 13:00-14:00); 
       - fax: +7 (86132) 261-63;
       - e-mail: rosmorport@esk.rosmorport.ru.