Search and Rescue

Search and Rescue operations and oil spill response on the tracks of the Northern Sea Route are organized byRosmorrechflot (the Ministry of transport of the Russian Federation) through the marine operations Headquarters. 

Marine operations Headquarters:

In the Western sector of the Arctic – on the basis of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise "Atomflot".

In the Eastern sector of the Arctic – on the basis of "Far Eastern Shipping Company".

The interaction of search and rescue operations and oil spill responseis organized byMarine Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) Murmansk and MRCC Dikson in their search and rescue areas.

MRCC Murmansk – sector West

MRCC Dikson - sector East 

Marine Rescue Coordination Centers.

Based on the characteristics of the Arctic region and the planned increase in the intensity of navigation along the Northern Sea Route “GosmorspassluzhbaRussia” established Marine Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) Dikson, Marine Rescue Sub-Centers (MRSC) Tiksi and Pevek.

MRCC and MRSC have necessary equipment designed to operate in harsh Arctic conditions and fully comply with the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue at Sea, 1979, and the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Manual.

Operation of MRCC Dikson will be organized all year round.Functions of MRCC Dikson - coordination of search and rescue of persons in distress at sea, and work on the oil spill elimination in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation (on the Kara Gate strait to the Bering strait).

Operation of MRSCs Tiksi and Pevek will be organized during the navigation season on a rotational basis.Functions of MRSC Tiksi and MRSC Pevek - coordination of search and rescue people in distress at sea, and work on the oil spill rescue at the subareas, respectively, in the central (Laptev Sea) and the eastern sector (East Siberian Sea and the Chukchi Sea) in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation.

Given the remoteness of basing points of the State Maritime Rescue Services (Gosmorspassluzhba) of Russia from the Northern Sea Route the basis for search and rescue in the Arctic are icebreakers of FSUE "Atomflot" and "Far Eastern Shipping Company" Ltd while they are in performance of tasks in the Arctic zone. 

In some cases, to search and rescue of people in distress at sea are attracted aviation emergency rescue services of the federal bodies of executive authority (the Ministry of Defense of Russia, the Russian Emergencies Ministry, and the Federal Security Service of Russia).

Tables provided with the reference to information published on official NSR Administration webpage.http://www.nsra.ru/ru/pso/

1. MARINE RESCUE COORDINATION CENTRE DIKSON

1 Name of the Centre, GPS coordinates MRCC Dikson
730 30’23N; 0800 31’35E
2 MMSI (A Maritime Mobile Service Identity) – call sign ID, VHF call sign VHF – 16 Channel
MMSI: 002731107
Call sign: Dikson MRCC

KV/PV – frequency 2182 kHz
MMSI: 002733717
Call sign: Dikson radio

3 Coastline communication Tel.: +7(39152) 2-41-00
Mob. +7 905 998 24 99
Tel/fax: +7(39152) 2-42-00
Telex: 788790 SPAS
E-mail: dikson@morflot.ru
INMARSAT BGAN ICCID: 870772397954 (Voice, Voice Mail,
SMS, GPRS)
4 Types of SAR facilities normally available RB, RV, LRG
5 Working period All year round

 

2. MARINE RESCUE SUB-CENTRE TIKSI

1 Name of the Centre, GPS coordinates MRSC Tiksi
(MRCC Dikson)
710 41’36 N 1280 52’21 E
2 MMSI (A Maritime Mobile Service Identity) – call sign ID, VHF call sign VHF – 16 Channel
MMSI: 002731196
Call sign:Tiksi-MRSC

KV/PV – frequency 2182 kHz
MMSI: 002733718
Call sign: Tiksi-radio-7

3 Coastline communication Tel.: +7 41167 530 65
Fax: +7 41167 523 90
Mob. +7 924 321 20 90
E-mail: tiksi@morflot.ru
Inmarsat-C: 427351446
Inmarsat BGAN ICCID: 870772397397
(Voice,Voice Mail, SMS, GPRS)
4 Types of SAR facilities normally available  
5 Working period July - October

 

2. MARINE RESCUE SUB-CENTRE PEVEK

1 Name of the Centre, GPS coordinates MRSC Pevek
(MRCC Dikson)

690 42’03 N 1700 15’26 E

2 MMSI (A Maritime Mobile Service Identity) – call sign ID, VHF call sign VHF – 16 Channel
MMSI: 002731117
Call sign: Pevek-MRSC

KV/PV – frequency 2182 kHz
MMSI: 002733730
Call sign:Pevek-radio-3

3 Coastline communication Tel.: +7 42737 42113
Fax: +7 42737 42114
Mob. +7 918 416 41 75
Telex: 354471
E-mail: pevek@morflot.ru
pevek87@inbox.ru
Inmarsat-C:
Inmarsat BGAN ICCID: 870772397870
(Voice,Voice Mail, SMS, GPRS)
4 Types of SAR facilities normally available RB, RV, SRG, LRG, HEL-L,
HEL-M
5 Working period July - October

4. Abbreviations: RB – rescue boat, RV – rescue vessel,
5. SRG - short-range aircraft flight, LRG - long-range aircraft flight, HEL-L - light helicopter, HEL-M - medium helicopter.

6. LIST OF ICE-BREAKERS PROVIDING ICE-BREAKER SUPPORT FOR VESSELS IN THE NORTHERN SEA ROUTE WATER AREA


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Ice-breaker Name Radiotelegraph Sign Numbers of Vessel Earth Stations INMARSAT DSC Code
1. NS Vaygach UBNY Inm-F77 764715293
764715295-VOICE
764715296-FAX
273133100
2. NS Yamal UCJT Inm-F77
761136943-761136945-VOICE
761136946-FAX
273132400
3. NS 50 Let Pobedy UGYU Inm F77 764660542
Voice 4.8
764660543
Voice 4.8
761120938
Voice 4.8
761120939
Fax 9.6
Inm-C 427351996
273316240
4. NS Taimyr UEMM Inm-F77
761142068-761142070-VOICE
761142071-FAX
273135100
5. Diesel ice-breaker Admiral Makarov UGSN Inm-C 427302057
MINI-M
762137613-TEL
762137614-TEL
762137615-FAX
FLEET 77
764626488-TEL
764626489-TEL
754626490-TEL
764626491- FAX
273148110

 

7. LIST OF ICE-BREAKERS THAT HOST THE RESCUE GROUPS WITH DIVING EQUIPMENT AND OIL SPILL RESPONSE EQUIPMENT


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Ice-breaker Name Radiotelegraph Sign Numbers of Vessel Earth Stations INMARSAT DSC Code
1. NS Taimyr UEMM Inm-F77
761142068-761142070-VOICE
761142071-FAX
273135100
2. Diesel ice-breaker Admiral Makarov UGSN Inm-C 427302057
MINI-M
762137613-TEL
762137614-TEL
762137615-FAX
FLEET 77
764626488-TEL
764626489-TEL
754626490-TEL
764626491- FAX
273148110

 

Construction of modern rescue vessels.

During the implementation of the Federal Target Program "Development of transport system of Russia (2010 - 2015 years)" for the purposes of search and rescue support in the Arctic and Far East regions of Russia for the Federal Budget Institution (FBI) "Gosmorspassluzhba Russia" is planned and carried out the construction of modern rescue vessels with the ice reinforcement classIcebreaker6 or Arc5:

- 3 multifunctional rescue vessels with capacity of 7 MW, the project MPSV06 (North, Arkhangelsk and Kamchatka Branch of Federal State Unitary Enterprise "Baltic BASU” (Basin Rescue Department); Vessels will be constructed in Germany. 

- 3 multifunctional rescue vessel with capacity 4 MW, the project MPSV07 (North, Kamchatka and Sakhalin branch of FSUE "Baltic BASU").

These vessels are equipped with the necessary rescue equipment and equipment for the full range of tasks of the search and rescue of persons in distress at sea, maritime accidents and oil spills at sea, including remote-controlled underwater vehicles.  The rescue vessels of the project MPSV06 have a helipad for helicopter landing on them.

Search-and-Rescue point-based assets and oil spill response equipment.

In order to strengthen the emergency readiness, as well as to compensate for the risks of possible oil spills it is planned to increase manpower and resources - the creation of four point-based rescue assets and oil spill response equipment. These points will be located in the ports Dikson, Tiksi, as well as in the ports Pevek and Provideniya.

Diving and oil spill response equipment was purchased for the advanced base points (hereinafter - ABP) in Port Dickson, Tiksi, Pevek, Providence, as well as for posting on the icebreakers of "Atomflot" and "Far Eastern Shipping Company" Ltd. The supplied equipment is placed in the warehouses of the Northern and Baltic Sea branches of FSUE "Baltic BASU". In February 2013 was completed the delivery of containerized diving systems (CDS-L) to be placed on ice-breakers.

With the opening of the summer navigation season 2013 on the waters of the NSR diving and oil spill response equipment will be delivered to the advanced base points and placed on ice-breakers. In due time will be arranged search and rescue support.

The use of icebreakers to meet the challenges of search and rescue support in the Arctic:

Starting in 2010, rescue teams from the Northern branch of FSUE "Baltic BASU” with diving equipment and oil spills rescue equipment are regularly used for the emergency preparedness at nuclear icebreakers of FSUE "Atomflot " and from 2012 on icebreakers of "Far Eastern Shipping Company " Ltd by the forces of Sakhalin branch of FSUE "Baltic BASU ".

Since 2013 it is planned to equip icebreakers, performing tasks on the NSR water area, with staff diving property and equipment as well as equipment for containment and oil spill response.

Further plans

For the purposes of search and rescue support in the Arctic during the summer and autumn of navigation seasons in these ports it is planned to organize a duty of the rescue vessels of “Gosmorspassluzhba Russia” with ice reinforcement class Arc5 and above. First of all it concerns the use of the Arctic rescue vessels under construction and projects MPSV07 MPSV06. It is also reasonable to organize a duty of helicopters in Dikson, Tiksi, Pevek and Provideniya ports.  

Referring to the materials of the report of FBI "Gosmorspassluzhba Russia" at the International Conference "The Northern Sea Route: status, problems and prospects" 11-12 April 2013, St. Petersburg.

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