4. SPECIAL CASES OF SHIPS NAVIGATION IN THE PORT WATERS
4.1. TOWING SHIPS IN THE PORT WATERS
Management of Towing
4.1.1. Towing is permitted at a wind velocity of 10 m/sec., not over.
4.1.2. Management of and supervision over tugboats operation in towing sea-going vessels and other marine crafts with a gross tonnage of 500 units and more in the Port waters and under mooring operations is carried out by Master of the towed ship.
4.1.3. Towing of ships and marine crafts with a gross tonnage of less than 500 units and the same of non-self-propelled ships irrespective of their gross tonnage is managed by the towed ship’s navigator unless otherwise provided by towing contract.
Towing Manager shall be made responsible for damage caused to the towed ship, towing or water-development structures and devices, ships standing at anchorages, mooring buoys or piers.
4.1.4. Port shall not be made liable for damage or accidents arising out of towing operations, if towing is managed by the ship employing the tugboat. Any Port’s expenditures relating to loss and damage arising out of towing shall be paid on account of towing manager (employing ship). Liability shall arise at the moment, when the tugboat executes the first command of the employing ship, and end, when the employing ship declares the tugboat released.
4.1.5. Towing line for towage of marine crafts in the Port water area and in the approach channel should be 50 meters, not over.
4.1.6. Masters of towing ships may not leave barges or other non-self-propelled marine crafts at anchor in the Port waters without permission of the CSTR Pilot Operations Manager and coordination with Port Master.
4.1.7. Master of ship, to whose board a marine craft is moored, shall be responsible for such craft’s safe anchorage.
4.1.8. Tugboats shall meet entering ship after she has passed the approach channel and escort departing ship to the latter.
4.1.9. Sailing ships having bubble-shaped posts must cast off towlines with the help of heaving line.
4.1.10. When being towed in the Port water area ship over 150 meters in length, whose main engine or steering gear are put out of operation, besides carrying the lights proposed by Rule 24 (f), COLREG 72, shall carry the lights and signals stipulated by Rule 27, COLREG 72.
4.2. NAVIGATION OF SHIPS UNDER ICE CONDITIONS
4.2.1. Each year Port Master appoints Ice Pilotage Operations Staff headed by Port Master intended for management of ice pilotage in the Port waters.
4.2.2. Pending a period of ice campaign all the Port services and departments shall be subject to Chief of the Ice Pilotage Operations Staff concerning any issues relating to ice operations.
4.2.3. Chief of PF and all ship owners based in the Sea Commercial Port of Ilichevsk shall, annually before 1 December, submit lists of ships permitted to navigate under ice conditions to Port Master.
4.2.4. Chief of Ice Pilotage Operations Staff, i.e. Port Master, shall determine priority of towing ships in and out of Port and manages ice-breaking crafts in the Port waters.
4.2.5. Under complicated ice conditions priority of ships ice pilotage shall be determined at the Port Master’s operations assembly and entered in daily plans of ice-breaking operations and ship traffic (mooring operations) of Port.
4.2.6. Under ice conditions Ship Masters shall be guided by Regulations for Ships Piloted through Ice by Ice-breakers and Communications Instructions for Ships Sailing in Ice.
4.2.7. Masters of ships having no ice class may not enter or transit ice regime.
Important: As an exception, at request of ship owner, a ship without ice class may be permitted to make a passage under ice conditions on coordination with the Port Chief of Operations Staff subject to proper ice-breaking pilotage. Ship owner shall be responsible for possible damage of such ship sailing in ice.
4.2.8. Application for entering ice-breaking pilotage shall be submitted within 48 hours before commencement of such pilotage and specified within 24, 12 and 4 hours prior to approach of the CSTR control zone or ice edge. Application for departure ice pilotage shall be submitted within 24 hours before departure.
4.2.9. Such application shall include: ship’s name, principal dimensions, draught, power of main engines, fuel and water stores and their daily consumption, speed in clear water, material of screw propeller, total quantity of cargo, availability of documents allowing to transit in ice regime and navigation conditions of the ship at the moment of approaching Port.
4.2.10. Foreign vessels having no documents for the right to operate under ice conditions may only be accepted for ice pilotage subject to ship owner’s written consent to such pilotage and payment of expenditures relating to possible ice damage to ship.