5.1. All merchant ships, irrespective of thei flags, are accepted for handling in the order of priority of their arrival and the date of shipping orders and waybills accepted by the port.
5.2. Liner ships service is effected according to the declared line schedules as well as to contracts signed by the port and shipowners, charterers.
5.3. A liner ship is the ship working on line registered and certified in the Marine and River Transport Administration. This ship to be worked in accordance with a schedule agreed with the port.
A ship-substitute to be completely accorded to shipment conditions of cargoes as planned ship without a detriment to timely cargo delivery. This ship should have the same construction, draft in compliance with a berth specialization as a planned ship. Her gross loading/uloading rates should not extend handling operations time.
5.4. At least 10 days prior to arrival, masters (shipowners) should give notice to the Port administration with subsequent specification 48, 24 and 4 hours in advance of arrival (LT) or 2 hours after leaving the last port of call, if passage is less.
The port administration provide masters/shipowners with all information regarding berthing, time and way to commence handling operations.
5.5. Master's/shipowner's information should contain: name of the ship, her dimensions, quantity and sizes of cargo spaces and hatches, number of decks, ETA, cargoes to be discharged (loaded), number of holds to be discharged (loaded) in this port; the enlarged range cargo list for every lot of cargoes to be discharged (in turn of discharging from top to bottom), special physical/chemical characteristics according to Certificate of Quality, heavy lifts and oversized cargo pieces; names and legal adatedresses of forwarders and consignees; number of hatches which are erady for handling; orders for the ship's servicing with indication of oil and water quantity requested.
Absence of timely presented order for pumping out the ballast be considered as a ship's detention.
During sailing under ice conditions, masters must inform adateditionally the ship's Ice Class, her engine capacity, material of propellers, stock of fuel, water and provision which should be on board not less than for 10 days of work.
5.6. All information regarding planned draggings, shiftings, commencement (termination) of cargo handling and other operations should be given to masters by the port administration not later than 2 hours prior, if those operations to be performed in the day time (08.00 a.m. – 05.00 p.m.) or not later than 03.00 a.m.,if in the night time (05.00 p.m. – 08.00 a.m.).
5.8. The master (or his agent) shall, after the ship's arrival and upon completion of sanitary and customs formalities, deliver a notice of the ship's readiness for handling and servicing to the port's representative with indication of number of all the holds or part of them ready for operations.
The same procedure to be effected upon completion of discharging, if the ship to be loaded after discharging. Readiness of holds to load (to discharge) should be confirmed by the inspection (commission) called by the agent or the port, if required.
5.9. By the time stated in Notice, master must provide readiness of his ship for berthing , readiness of all holds and decks for discharging (loading) according to cargo plans, readiness of cargo handling equipment and hatches including their opening and lighting of holds, decks and alongside places in accordance with the Rules of fire arrangements and safety engineering. Lifting capacity of ship's cranes (winches) should be confirmed by the Register of Shipping documents or relevant documents for foreign ships.
5.10. The ship shall be considered ready to load bulk (dry-bulk) cargoes, if load marks and deadweight scales on stems and midship are clear to estimate the quantity of loaded cargo by draft; the absence of ballast water or it's presence in the quantity which could be discharged without termination of handling. The time spent for ballast water discharging to be excluded from the lay days.
5.11. If shipping orders of waybills as well as due payments are not received from forwarders (cargo owners) by the moment of the Notice delivery , the port shall make the corresponding remark in this Notice and the time spent for the abovementioned documents waiting shall be at the expense of cargo owners or charterers and to be adateded to the lay days.
A master of a vessel who requested a sea pilot onboard should pay fine for a false request of a pilot in the full amount of the pilot dues for a vessel's pilotage in case a pilot founded out a vessel's unseaworthness (unsufficient quantity of ballast, negative or non-permissible draft and etc.)
5.12. Shipowners (charterers) have the right to change the turn of handling for their ships, if interests of other shipowners (charterers) and the port shall not be infringed. The port shall correct its plan of works according to shipowners'/charterers' application.
The following conditions should be provided while changing the turn:
- handling shall be performed within the limits of one handling terminal;
- the ships shall be of the same type and with the same quantity of cargo;
- the port should be informed 3 days prior to the planned handling.
5.13. If within handling operations a vessel suspends these procedures due to a ballast water discharging, repair works, bunkering and others, this time is excluded from the laydays but a vessel is presented with a bill for her laying at the berth for the corresponding time.