How to Get Permit

Referring to Rules of navigation in the water area of the Northern Sea Route 2013 and information from official NSR Administration webpage www.nsra.ru

Procedures of navigation arrangement in the Northern Sea Route water area

According to the MSC Clause 51 Item3, arrangement of navigation in the Northern Sea Route water area is carried out by the Northern Sea Route Administration established as a Federal State-owned Institution (hereinafter, NSR Administration).

Permit-based procedure is established for navigation in the Northern Sea Route water area.

Permits for navigation of a vessel in the Northern Sea Route water area (hereinafter, the permits) are issued by the NSR Administration based on application from the shipowner, a representative of the shipowner or captain of the ship (hereinafter referred to as the application), which contains data about the applicant, indicating the full name and (if applicable) identification code of the International Maritime Organization (IMO number), the surname, name, patronymic (if any) of the chief officer, contact phone number, fax number, e-mail address for the legal person or the surname, name, patronymic (if any), phone number, fax number, e-mail address for the individual. The application must contain statement that the shipowner will ensure that the ship conform to of these Rules prior to entering in the Northern Sea Route water area.

An application in Russian or English shall be conducted in electronic form (pdf file).


 
Application for Admission to navigate in the Northern Sea Route Area

Attached to the application shall be the following documents and materials in Russian and/or English, processed in electronic form (pdf files):

1) Information on the vessel and the voyage in accordance with Appendix 1.

Enclosure to the Application for Admission to navigate in the NSRA

2) A copy of the classification certificate;
3) A copy of the measurement certificate;
4) Copies of documents to confirm insurance or other financial security of civil liability for damage caused by pollution or any other damage caused by the vessel, as stipulated by the Russian Federation international agreements and the law of the Russian Federation;
5) For a vessel performing a single voyage outside the designated areas and seasons for it - a copy of the certificate issued by the organization authorized to classify and inspect vessels that approved the single-trip plan.
6) For a vessel performing towing including towing of floating drilling units – a copy of certificate issued by the organization authorized to classify and inspect vessels that approved the towing operation plan.

Should the applicant be a physical person authorized by the ship owner, the following additional documents (as pdf files) are to be attached to the Application in Russian and/or English:

1) A copy of the document to confirm the applicant’s identity;
2) A copy of the document to confirm the powers of the person signing the Application on their own behalf or on behalf of the ship owner.

The application with the documents and information attached according to Items 4 and 5 of the Rules are to be sent at the e-mail address (nsra@morflot.ru) specified in the Contact information at the official website of NSR Administration on the Internetwww.nsra.ru(hereinafter, the official website) not earlier than 120 calendar days and not later than 15 working days before the estimated date of arrival of vessel in the Northern Sea Route water area.

The application shall be received for review on the day of its arrival at the NSR Administration, or, if the application arrives at a week-end or on a public holiday – on the first working day after the above week-end or public holiday.

Not later than within two working days after receipt of the application for review the NSR Administration shall publish the information of the arrived application (specifying the date of receipt of the application for review) at the official website.

The application shall be reviewed by the NSR Administration within 10 calendar days of its receipt for review.

Should the NSR Administration make a decision to issue a permit for the vessel’s navigation the Northern Sea Route water area, the permit shall be published at the official website not later than  two working days after the decision is made, specifying the following:

1) The name of the vessel receiving the permit;
2) The flag of the vessel receiving the permit;
3) IMO number of vessel receiving the permit;
4) Date of the permit coming into force and expiration date (the effective period of the permit shall not exceed 365 calendar days);
5) The vessel’s route of voyage (area of operation) the Northern Sea Route water area;
6) The information of the need for icebreaker support in heavy, medium and light ice conditions, indicating the water area(s) of the Northern Sea Route (South-western part of the Kara Sea, the north-eastern part of the Kara Sea, the western part of the East Siberian Sea, the eastern part of the East Siberian Sea, the western part of the Laptev sea, the eastern part of the Laptev sea, the Chukchi Sea), and the navigation period, specified in the Appendix 2 to these Rules when the vessel shall navigate with icebreaker support.

A permit may be refused for the following reasons:

1) the information referred to in the statement and/or documents and papers, is false or misleading;
2) Failure to provide or incomplete submission of the documents and information as per Items 4 and 5 of the Rules;
3) Non-conformity of the vessel with the requirements related to navigation safety and marine environment pollution by vessels as stipulated in the Russian Federation international agreements, the law of the Russian Federation and these Rules, including criteria of admission of vessels to the Northern Sea Route in accordance with their ice reinforcement class (Appendix 2 to this Rules).

Should the NSR Administration make a decision to refuse a permit, a notification signed by the Head of the NSR Administration (or his Deputy), shall be sent to the applicant by e-mail; the reasons for refuse shall be specified in the notification.

The NSR Administration shall publish the relevant information at the official website not later than within two working days of making a decision to refuse a permit.

A vessel receiving a permit shall not enter the Northern Sea Route water area before the permit effective period and must leave the Northern Sea Route water area no later than the date of expiration of the permit.

If the ship could not leave the Northern Sea Route water area prior to the expiration of the permit, it shall immediately inform NSR Administration indicating the reasons for violation of the requirements of the first subparagraph of this paragraph, and shall act in accordance with the instructions of the NSR Administration.

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