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The Federal Agency for Transport Supervision Defined Main Shortcomings in Operation of Moorages

March 04, 2010

The Federal Agency for Transport Supervision of the Ministry of Transportation of the Russian Federation (Rostransnadzor), on the basis of the results of the activity in 2009, listed main shortcomings in operation of port hydraulic engineering structures. Particularly, in accordance with the report of Gennady Kurzenkov, Head of Rostransnadzor, at the extended meeting of the agency held on March 2, 2010, and published on the website of Mintrans, the following shortcomings were identified: operation disturbance related to moorage overload and misusage as well as mooring of vessels with displacement tonnage exceeding parameters indicated in the structure certificate; insufficient training of operating personnel, operating rules are not studied and tested.

By results of control activities held by the staff of the Federal Agency for Water Transport Supervision, over 27 thousands of violations by natural persons and legal bodies were detected. Within 2009, over 7 thousand prescriptions were issued; 3 thousand officers were brought to responsibility; over 3 thousand “subprime” vessels were suspended; and the number of imposed fines grew by 13% comparing to 2008.

“In order to improve safety and stability of operation of sea and river transport, there emerged a need to toughen measures against navigation companies operating “subprime” vessels, having no licenses, violating set limits, abusing lives of ship crews and passengers and ecological security requirements. These measures comprise introduction of so heavy fines (as they do in all developed marine powers) that ship-owners either to become law-abiding or quit the navigation business,” was said in Rostransnadzor.

Source: PortNews

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