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Maritime Safety Committee meets for busy 100th session at IMO HQ, London (3-7 Dec 2018)


The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) is meeting for its milestone 100th session, with a busy agenda encompassing maritime autonomous surface ships, fatigue guidance for seafarers, polar shipping, goal-based standards and other agenda items. The MSC will receive the report of a correspondence group which has been testing the proposed methodology for the regulatory scoping exercise on maritime autonomous surface ships, taking into account different levels of autonomy. Focusing on the human element, the MSC is expected to approve revised guidance on fatigue, a key tool for seafarers and ship operators.

On polar shipping, the MSC is expected to establish a working group to further consider how to move forward with developing mandatory and/or recommendatory measures for ships operating in polar waters but not currently covered by the Polar Code.Matters related to the goal-based ship construction standards for bulkers and oil tankers are on the agenda, following the successful initial verification of 12 Recognized Organizations by IMO GBS audit teams.

Amendments to update the International Code on the Enhanced Programme of Inspections during Surveys of Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers are set to be adopted, alongside amendments to the Code of Safety for Special Purpose Ships (SPS Code).

54th Session of the UNECE Subcommittee of Experts in Geneva


As previously reported, in the period from November 26 to December 4, 2018, the 54th session of the Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods will be held at the Palais des Nations (Geneva). One of the issues to be considered at this session is the development of the UN Model Regulations concerning the production, testing and operation of composite tanks, as well as other issues in accordance with the agenda. IDGCA NP experts will take part in the session.

New standards in the field of cryogenic vessels


As a part of the ongoing work in ISO/TC 220 Cryogenic Vessels technical committee of the International Organization for Standardization, IDGCA NP experts started analyzing and evaluating the next draft international standard ISO/DIS 21014 Cryogenic vessels Cryogenic insulation performance. This standard is devoted to the determination of the most important technical characteristics of the insulation of cryogenic vessels. The magnitudes of the loss of cryogenic products, as well as the limiting time during which cryogenic products may store in the vessel depend on these technical characteristics.

The degree of the insulation performance of cryogenic vessels is a determining factor in the economic efficiency of equipment intended for the storage and transportation of cryogenic liquids, in particular, liquefied natural gas.

IDGCA NP invites specialists and experts of the organizations involved to take part in the discussion of the draft standard. You can contact directly to IDGCA Secretariat: +7 (812) 740-20-19 or by email

National container standards require revision


Experts of IDGCA NP drew the attention of the members of TC 246 Containers Technical Committee to the quality of development of national standards prepared on the basis of international ISO standards relating to high-capacity containers, as well as to placing in the text of national standards information about commercial organizations providing paid services. IDGCA NP experts estimate such information as an advertising of the activities of organizations. At the same time, standards developed on the basis of ISO standards are significantly different from the text of the international standard itself and not for the better.

A striking example of the above is GOST 52524 standard Freight containers Coding, identification and marking developed on the basis of ISO 6346:1995 standard. The law on standardization does not allow deviations from the text of the international standard and certainly advertising organizations that provide paid services. IDGCA NP experts expressed their concern on the issue in the letter sent to the Technical Committee on November 14, 2018.The next meeting of TC 246 Containers will be held on November 22, 2018, and IDGCA experts may take part in this meeting.

Training as the basis of security


The popularity of the International Staff Training Center (ISTC) has widespreaded beyond the borders of the Russian Federation long ago. Among the participants are managers of oil and gas terminals, representatives of the transport sector. In the period from October 22 to October 26, another group formed of representatives from enterprises from different regions of Russia was trained in ISTC in the organization and implementation of loading and unloading activities in relation to dangerous goods.

The group has successfully passed the exams, and its students are presented for certification in IDGCA NP to receive the titles of advisers on safe transportation of dangerous goods with the subsequent entry into the register of specialists. In the near future, the Association plans to raise the qualification requirements for candidates for the title of dangerous goods adviser, as well as to improve the procedure for their certification.

Transport opportunities in the development of competition


The 11th International Forum Transport Opportunities was held on October 18-19, 2018 in St. Petersburg. The main topic of the forum was the state policy in the field of freight transportation and transport opportunities of Russia. The forum was attended by representatives of the State Duma, the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, Rostransnadzor, projects managers, and business representatives.

It was noted that one of the important tasks of the development of the Russian Federation is the development of competition in transport field. It was also noted that the Government of the Russian Federation pays special attention to import substitution. According to the head of projects for the development of export logistics of REC JSC, Kirillova A.G., the state provides assistance to exporters of domestic products in the form of compensation for transportation costs. The General Director of IDGCA NP, Ognev M.I., participated in the debate on Kirillovas speech and noted that some officials of the Ministry of Transport not only do not support domestic business, but on the contrary, create conditions causing its suspension. In particular, he gave an example when the former director of the Department of State Policy for Marine and River Transport of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, V. Klyuev, issued an order that could suspend the release of products for export by Russian enterprises without any reason.

Despite numerous appeals by citizens and organizations with a request to suspend this order, the Administration of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation did not take any actions. At the same time, complaints addressed to the Administration of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation were answered by the head of the department who they complained on. The representative of the State Duma promised to take the situation under control and prepare an inquiry of deputy to the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation.

Within the framework of the forum a meeting was held at industry working sessions and round tables. IDGCA NP experts took part in the session Opportunities of Russian ports and optimization of cargo transportation by water transport. The session discussed the issue of training and certification of supervisory authorities and training of specialists on dangerous goods in general. Attention was drawn to the absence of a procedure which could allow representatives of supervisory authorities to present at the opening of transport units without the risk of harming themselves and others.

Director of "Association of pilot organizations" NP, Ryabokon V.A., drew attention to the work of the Department of State Policy for Marine and River Transport of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation and considered it unsatisfactory in terms of preparing regulatory documents in the field of safe navigation and creating business-friendly conditions in seaports. IDGCA NP expresses gratitude to the hosts of the forum for the opportunity to express our position.

The training continues


On October 19, International Staff Training Center (ISTC) held a final exam in a group of students trained in the training program for specialists in the organization and implementation of loading and unloading activities in relation to dangerous goods. It was the 18th training group, which was trained in ISTC in 2018. The next classes will take place from October 22 to October 26, 2018.

In MMPK "Bronka" bunkering of vessels LNG will be carried out


In the territory of Multipurpose sea transshipment facility of Bronka (MSTF "Bronka", Big port St. Petersburg) bunkering of vessels will be carried out by the liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The memorandum of cooperation was concluded on October 3, 2018 within the VIII St. Petersburg international gas forum by the CEO of LLC Gazprom Gas Motor Fuel Mikhail Likhachev and the CEO of operator of Bronka (LLC Phoenix) port Nikolay Negodov.

Within cooperation of the parties study of a possibility of sale of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) as bunker fuel for sea and river crafts at capacities of the multipurpose sea transshipment facility (MSTF) Bronka is planned.

Also, according to the signed memorandum, LLC Gazprom Gas Motor Fuel will work a possibility of providing with natural gas of motor transport working at the territory of MSTF "Bronka".

For system work on development of the market of gas motor fuel PJSC Gazprom in 2012 has created the specialized company LLC Gazprom Gas Motor Fuel.

The Maersk company enhances standards of safety to transportation of dangerous goods in holds of container carriers


The fire which has taken place in March, 2018 after explosion in one of cargo holds on the vessel Maersk Honam which proceeded more than 5 days and was followed by long decay in the heated containers, ICG classified as "chemical fire". The question of admissibility of transportation of chemically dangerous goods in containers has been once again brought up. This fire was the cause for development of more severe conditions of loading and transportation of dangerous goods in containers in vessel holds. The rules developed by Maersk provide division of the deck of the container carrier into risk zones, dangerous goods must be placed in the zone with the minimum risk located in the center of the vessel.

According to world practice and the procedure in IMO establishing the international standards of sea safety including to transportation of dangerous goods (IMDG Code), it is possible that Maersk acts as an initiator of new proposals within IMO.

It should be noted that IMO intergovernmental organization which works with addresses of member states.


Participation in development of the international standards


NP IDGCA continues active participation in development of the international standards within activity of Technical committee of the International Organization for Standardization of ISO/TC 220 - Cryogenic vessels (Cryogenic vessels).

On October 3 to the Secretariat of the Russian committee - the member of ISO (the Secretariat of ROSISO) experts of Association have sent a positive review concerning the DRAFT AMENDMENT ISO 21013-4:2012/DAM 1 project (The draft of amendments to ISO 21013-4:2012). International ISO 21013-4:2012 of Cryogenic vessels Pilot operated pressure relief devices Part 4: Pressure-relief accessories for cryogenic service concerns a design, approval and operation of devices for dumping of pressure of cryogenic vessels.

In the draft of amendments according to which vote is taken, in particular, restriction on the content of copper in constructional materials of the valves working in the environments containing acetylene up to 65% that is very important for ensuring explosion safety of the cryogenic equipment is specified. Remark of experts of NP IDGCA is placed in the electronic system of vote of ISO.

Cooperation of Association with Technical committee ISO/TC 220 - Cryogenic vessels is getting special relevance in connection with increasing of number and amount of the projects connected with transportation and processing of liquefied natural gas.

Implementation of provisions of ADR in Ukraine


Road freight of dangerous goods across the territory of Ukraine will be made under the requirements of the A, B annexes to the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR).

In Ukraine new Rules of transportation of dangerous goods by the motor transport are approved by the Order of August 4, 2018 No. 656, the same order has approved the Order of delivery and execution of certificates on the admission of vehicles to transportation of certain dangerous goods.

ISTC has carried out training of the next group of experts


On September 21 the International Staff Training Center had issued the next study group of experts in the sphere of the processing of loading and unloading of dangerous goods. As a part of group representatives of the large enterprises of spheres of transport, oil and gas production and also production of a container for dangerous goods were trained.

Students have successfully passed the final examinations and were presented to certification as advisers for transportation of dangerous goods in the International Dangerous Goods Association and Containers (IDGCA). Representatives from companies of a different business brunches are studying at courses in ISTC, however the correct submission of learning materials creates the atmosphere of full mutual understanding.

5-th Session of the IMOs Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC 5)


The classification of certain potentially hazardous cargoes was on the agenda of the IMOs Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC 5, 10-14 September). The Sub-Committee considered a newly identified phenomenon which affects some bauxite cargoes, known as dynamic separation, which can cause instability of the cargo and ship.

Also up for discussion is carriage of ammonium-nitrate based fertilizer. Potential problems have been identified following accidents involving the MV Purple Beach (2015) and MV Cheshire (2017). The recommendations arising from the investigation into the MV Cheshire have been presented to the Sub-Committee. Proposals to amend the relevant schedules have been considered, for future inclusion in the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code, which is the industry rulebook on how to deal with such cargoes.

Also under development was draft interim guidelines on the application of high manganese austenitic steel for use in cryogenic applications such as cargo tanks, fuel tanks and piping of LNG carriers and LNG-fuelled ships. One of documents which was considered at a session and have caused long discussions, there was a document CCC 5/6/11 of the Russian Federation Practical application of the provisions of section 7.9.2 of the IMDG Code in terms of the recognition of certificates and other relevant documents for the packaging of dangerous goods,". Most of participants of a session has rejected this proposal, having referred to the fact that the IMO tools used within the adopted Code are in many respects based on trust of the participants countries who have joined the Convention SOLAS and to the IMDG Code consequently. The opinion of subcommittee of IMO regarding to this proposal is stated in the Report of the 5th session of subcommittee of CCC 5/WP.1.

Audit of a quality management system of the International Staff Training Centre


On September 14 the international body on certification DNV GL has booked audit of a quality management system of the International Center of Training of Personnel (ISTC). Audit has shown compliance of a quality management system of ISTC to requirements of the ISO 9001-2015 International standard and its positive influence on structure and contents of the developed and realized training programs of professional development.

We note that last time the number of enquires to ISTC from different organizations shows the increasing interest to professional development of own employees.

54-th session ECOSOC Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods


26 November 4 December 2018) 54-th session ECOSOC Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods to be held at the Palais des Nations, Provisional agenda Geneva starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, 26 November 2018 according to the provisional agenda which is published on 27.07.18. on the website

From 2 till July 6 in the headquarters of International Maritime Organization in London the 120th session of Council of IMO has taken place


40 member states of Council of IMO, observers from among other states, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations have taken part in work of a session.

According to the press service of Rosmorrechflot, as a part of delegation of the Russian Federation the deputy head of Federal Agency for Sea and Inland Water Transport Yury Kostin, the permanent representative of the Russian Federation at IMO Yury Melenas, the head of Federal State Budgetary Organization Baltic Sea Administration Pyotr Parinov have taken part in work of a session.

The Council reform as one of the central questions had been on the agenda. Offers on change of structure of Council, the principles of formation, terms of office and others have been prepared

Russian Federation have submitted offers on decrease in administrative load on crews of vessel, shipping companies, operating administrations connected with the growing number of conventional certificates and documents which are required to be had onboard.

In this regard Council has urged all interested parties to direct to working bodies of IMO specific proposals of practical character in this regard.

Amendments of the agenda of the 53rd session of UN Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods


The United Nations secretariat added the preliminary agenda of the 53rd session of Committee of Experts on the Transport of DangerousGoods which will take place in Geneva during the period from June 25 to July 04,2018,the working documents relating to each point (subparagraph) of the agenda. Other changes in the agenda didn't happen.

Within the first point "Adoption of the Agenda" reports on the previous sessions of Committee, including the report on the 52nd session where the subparagraph in the section VIII "Portable tanks" discussed offers from the Russian Federation about Fibre-reinforced plastics portable tanks (document ST/SG/AC.10/C.3/2017/40) will be heard.

All working documents of the 53rd session are available on (only on English and French languages).

Accient-free Amendments of the agenda of the 53rd session of UN Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goodslevel of transportations depends first of all on the person


Railroad workers have two "shrines" which are strictly demanding to execute. They are safety and the schedule, all the rest, as they say, is secondary. It is not necessary to tell once again what unpleasant consequences can be caused by non-compliance with safety measures , especially if the transported freight belongs to the category of Dangerous Goods.

The General Director of the International association on dangerous goods and containers Mikhail Ognev, giving an interview to Rossiyskaya Gazeta 6/6/2018, had noted that the safety on transit of dangerous goods is provided first of all with sufficient level of personnel training , implementation of the internal and external technical regulations and procedures established on the concrete production area and with technical conditions of the equipment and vehicles.

The main document regulating transportation of dangerous goods is the Appendix 2 to the Agreement on the international railway freight traffic (SMGS) which is harmonized with the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. However, Mikhail Ognev has added, there is a problem in interpretation of certain provisions only from the point of view of the departmental interests, but not the interests of safety.

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GCE 16th Forum on Industrial Safety 5 - 8 June 2018 in Saint-Petersburg GCE Group invites to take part in 16 International Forum on Industrial Safety which will take place in Saint-Petersburg in the white nights season from 5 to 8 June, 2018.


Forum venue: Hiltom Saint-Petersburg Expoforum (64, Peterburgskoye Highway)The Forum is hosted annually by GCE Group and aims at development of international cooperation and sharing experience on emergencies prevention.

The Forum is supported by the UN, government of the Russian Federation, CIS Executive Committee, the Russian Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, IAEA, the Russian Academy of Sciences and other institutions.For the past several years the Forum was attended by representatives from 37 countries.

The program focuses on:

On the way to the ideal industrial safety system. International experience. Best practices to ensure emergency-free production process. News of the industrial and occupational safety legislation. Trends and innovations in ecology. Presentation of modern mobile robotic devices and simulators. Main causes of man-made accidents and lessons learnt. Interactive team-building trainings.

IMO continues fight against marine litter


The damaging build-up of plastic litter in the oceans is increasingly recognised as a major threat to the global environment. Harrowing images of marine wildlife being trapped by plastic litter, or even ingesting it, are becoming tragically familiar.

IMO's long track record of engagement in the fight against this insidious form of pollution was reinforced last year, when its governing Assembly of Member States placed the issue of marine plastic litter from shipping on the agenda of its leading environmental technical body, the Marine Environment Protection Committee. IMO Member Governments have been invited to submit concrete proposals about developing an action plan on the subject to the Committee's next meeting, in October.

On 29-31 May IMO had participated in the Ad Hoc Open Ended Expert Group on Marine Litter and Microplastics at the UN Environment headquarters in Nairobi. This group was established by the United Nations Environment Assembly to further examine the barriers to, and options for, combating marine plastic litter and microplastics from all sources, especially land-based sources.

Discharging plastics and other forms of litter into the sea from ships has actually been banned by an IMO regulation, legally binding on all ships, for some 30 years. The so-called MARPOL Annex V entered into force internationally in 1988 and, today, more than 150 countries have signed up to it.

In addition, countries party to another IMO instrument prohibiting dumping at sea (the London Convention/Protocol) earlier this year raised concerns regarding the disposal of fibreglass reinforced plastic vessels at sea.

9th Session of the RID Committee of Experts standing working group take place in Berne, 28 - 30 May 2018) with the agenda including also following questions:

  • Approval of amendments adopted by the RID/ADR/ADN Joint Meeting (Berne, 12 16 March 2018) for a date of entry into force of 1 January 2019
  • Proposals to amend RID
    • - Introduction of the requirement for tankwagon operators and entities in charge of maintenance (ECM) to appoint a dangerous goods safety adviser
    • - Continued use of tank-wagons for the carriage of gases of Class 2 in accordance with the transitional provisions in RID to
    • - Maintenance of gas tank-wagons: continuation of the discussion following Austrias presentation at the 8th session of the standing working group
    • - Informal working group on checklists for the filling and emptying of rail tank-wagons for liquids (The Hague, 28 February and 1 March 2018)
  • New proposals
    • - Specifications for the orange-coloured Plates
    • - Adapting the provisions of RID to the current version of ATMF
    • - Carriage of UN 3507 Uranium hexafluoride as express parcels
  • Report of the working group on tank and vehicle technology
  • Final report of the 15th session of the RID Committee of Experts working group on tank and vehicle technology (Hamburg, 30 and 31 January 2018)
  • Extra-large tank-containers Discussions at the Joint Meetings working group on tanks

As a Minister of Transport Evgeny Dietrich gives the first interview to the Transport Rossii newspaper on May 24, 2018


Evgeny Dietrich was born in 1973. In 1996 graduated the Moscow state engineering and physical institute (nowadays MIFI), in 1999 the Higher school of privatization and business in Moscow. From 1995 to 2004 worked in the State committee of the Russian Federation on property administration (in 1997 the committee is transformed to the Ministry of the property relations, nowadays Rosimushchestvo). Held posts of the adviser, head of department, deputy head of department, the Head of Department in department. In 2004 was the deputy director of department of the property and land relations and economies of environmental management of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation. Since December 31 the 2004th till January of the 2012th of years the deputy head of Federal Highway Agency (Oleg Belozerov and Anatoly Chabunin were heads of Rosavtodor during this period consistently). Further worked in the Russian Government Office, was the deputy director of government Department of the industry and infrastructure. It came to work to Ministry of Transport as the fall of 2015 already as a potential relief of the minister Maxim Sokolov.

As a Minister of Transport Evgeny Dietrich gives the first interview to the Transport Rossii newspaper on May 24, 2018

Evgeny Ivanovich, we congratulate you on appointment to the post of the Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation. Thank you that the first interview in a new position was agreed to give to our newspaper. First question: with what feelings do you enter a position? What thoughts come to the forefront?

Transport branch strategically important for the country, and, certainly, I feel heavy responsibility for work of a transport complex of Russia. Tasks which I should solve and team of the ministry, demand huge devotion, laborious system work, many competences, aiming at concrete result, readiness for changes, dialogue and constant aspiration forward. The main thing that our team is already able to do well it that was proved more than once at implementation of large-scale infrastructure projects and preparation of the normative documents, major for branch.

Whether you for yourself defined priorities in work, problems of the first order?

These tasks precisely are also specifically formulated in the annual President's letter of Russia to Federal Assembly and in the May decree. We have to remember every day that people estimate work of transport workers first of all on quality of passenger traffic. It is the most important criterion of comfort and safety of life of the population of our country. We need to learn to hear people, to be attentive to their opinion, remarks, offers. For them we also work. Not people exist for transport, and transport for people. It has to become for us, transport workers, the main initial principle. And public policy in the field of transport is aimed at it today. The ministry has to go in its waterway, understand clearly what we want to achieve as a result. It is necessary to create conditions for comfortable work of business, to reduce transport costs in economy. So far they are rather high, and it is necessary that they approached an indicator of 4-5%, as in developed countries. It is necessary to increase availability of transport services to the population. I think that the future behind the combined transportations. It is clear, that is impossible and it is not necessary to build Airports in each remote village, but people have to have an opportunity by bus to reach to the city center, there to change on the train or the plane and to reach thus the destination. And to make it with comfort and for reasonable time. The major moment is safety on transport, both technological, and transport, protection against illegal intervention in work of transport.

And, of course, development of export of transport services and transit potential of ours of the countries. We have to give the chance to our freights to go abroad. And costs for this procedure both for business, and for the passengers following abroad have to be lowered. For this purpose today a number of projects on optimization of work of customs officers, frontier guards at check points are implemented. Development of transport has to be based on innovative technological platforms: use of pilotless technologies, automation and "digitalization of logistics", development of the state automated information system "ERA-GLONASS", introduction of alternative types of fuel, new materials. It will allow to accelerate delivery periods of freights, to reduce cargo weight in way, to increase mobility of citizens and quality of their service. Decrease in transport costs, increase in labor productivity and quality of life of citizens will be result. In this direction active work is conducted.

Could you briefly formulate the main principles of work of the head of branch?

I think, for the modern head of any branch the main thing to try to keep up to date, and sometimes even to be ahead of him. It is especially relevant for transport. Look how technologies promptly change, speeds grow. The fact that it seems to front lines today is hopelessly outdated tomorrow. It is necessary to manage to react quickly to change of a situation and to accurately formulate tasks. It is very important to create management team of supporter professionals, to trust it, to rely on it in the work. Of course, first of all I rely on huge group of the Russian transport workers. For years of work in branch managed to get acquainted with many colleagues and I know as far as it is reliable and responsible experts. It is precisely possible to rely on them.

Today it is much told about need of optimization of work of government institutions, increase in its efficiency. How to achieve it?

The Development of the Transport System state program in which the principle of transition from program to project management is underlain is aimed at it. Planning has to be focused on a concrete resulting effect. It is very important that strategic development plans for a transport complex were accurately coordinated to strategies of development for territorial subjects of the Russian Federation. The efficiency of use of resources has to be maximum, that is return from work of branch has to be expressed in growth rates of economy and satisfaction of the population with quality of the provided services. It is possible to achieve it only in coordination with the strategy of social and economic development of subjects when regions accurately define priority of input of these or those objects.

Evgeny Ivanovich, thanks for an interview. We hope that, despite of busy work, you will remain our regular

Of course, I promise it to you!


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53rd-session ECOSOC Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods


25 June 4 (am) July 2018) 53rd -session ECOSOC Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods to be held at the Palais des Nations, Provisional agenda Geneva starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, 25 June 2018 according to the provisional agenda:

  • Adoption of the agenda.
  • Explosives and related matters1:
    • Review of test series 6;
    • Review of tests in parts I, II and III of the Manual of Tests and Criteria;
    • Electronic detonators;
    • Guidance for application of Test Series 3 and 4;
    • Stability tests for industrial nitrocellulose;
    • Application of security provisions to explosives N.O.S;
    • Review of packing instructions for explosives;
    • Classification of articles under UN No. 0349;
    • Review of Chapter 2.1 of the GHS;
    • Miscellaneous.
  • Listing, classification and packing.
  • Electric storage systems:
    • Testing of lithium batteries;
    • Hazard-based system for classification of lithium batteries;
    • Transport provisions;
    • Damaged or defective lithium batteries;
    • Sodium-ion batteries.
    • Miscellaneous.
  • Transport of gases:
    • Global recognition of UN and non-UN pressure receptacles;
    • Miscellaneous.
  • Miscellaneous proposals for amendments to the Model Regulations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods:
    • Marking and labelling;
    • Packagings;
    • Portable tanks;
    • Other miscellaneous proposals.
  • Global harmonization of transport of dangerous goods regulations with the Model Regulations.
  • Cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
  • Guiding principles for the Model Regulations.
  • Issues relating to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals2:
    • Criteria for water-reactivity;
    • Testing of oxidizing substances;
    • Updating of references to OECD Guidelines;
    • Use of the Manual of Tests and Criteria in the context of the GHS;
    • Joint work with the GHS Sub-Committee3;
    • Miscellaneous.
  • Other business.
  • Adoption of the report.


Announcement on 16 April 2018


Orange Book Rev.20 (UN Model Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods) available online in Arabic, Chinese and Russian

IMO Meetings September 2018 Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC)


10-14 September - 5th session The Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC) deals with the carriage of packaged dangerous goods, solid bulk cargoes, bulk gas cargoes, and containers. The Sub-Committee keeps updated the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (IMSBC Code) and the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code. It also keeps under review other Codes including the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code) and the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk (IGC Code).

More detailed information on website

About a temporary ban on loading and departure of dangerous freights for World Cup 2018


According to the Order of Federal agency of railway transport of April 19, 2018 No. 137 "About the temporary interruption of loading and transportation of goods in certain railway directions owing to developed at the Applicant or when using infrastructure of the circumstances interfering implementation of transportations" temporarily loading and transportation of goods and cargo baggage in certain railway directions stops.

So, from May 25, 2018 to July 25, 2018 in some regions at railway stations loading of freights in which sources of ionizing radiation, dangerous chemical and biological substances, radioactive, toxic, explosive and toxic agents are used is forbidden. It is about Moscow, St. Petersburg, the Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Rostov, Sverdlovsk regions, the Republics of Tatarstan and Mordovia, Krasnodar Krai. It is also forbidden to send such freights to consignees of the specified territorial subjects of the Russian Federation. It concerns including transportations according to the applications submitted before May 25, 2018 if the estimated delivery period of freight falls on the specified period.

The established bans don't extend to consignors and consignees who have permission of interdepartmental operational staff on safety during World Cup 2018.

Declaring the transport of dangerous goods - an additional security guarantee


The declaration of the transport of dangerous goods is an important element of improving the safety in the handling and transport of all types of transport.

As a rule, transport companies involve in the development of declarations organizations that have high competence and great practice in assessing the safety in the transport of dangerous goods.

Moreover, companies involved in the development and approval of declarations (DOG) are trusted by the port authorities, which ultimately contributes to the quality and timely dispatch of goods.

CJSC Russian Register, as a subsidiary of NP ASPAG, has been developing and approving declarations since 2004, after the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation.

Federation recognized it as competent, along with such companies as , , ѻ.

CJSC Russian Register also provides a wide range of survey services in Russian and foreign ports.

Pre-shipment inspection of tank containers intended for the carriage of dangerous goods


The inspector's independent survey company "Russian Register" J.S.C. examined 20 tank containers intended for the carriage of methanol, and controlled the loading of product in the tanks. This practice of inviting independent surveyors before sending dangerous goods is used by carriers and shippers to improve the safety and quality of delivery of dangerous goods to the destination.

"Russian Register" J.S.C., being a 100% subsidiary of NP "IDCGA" has more than 15 years of experience in providing such services. Inspectors carrying out such work receive special training and certification.

ISTC started training experts


International Staff Training Center (ISTC) has started training experts on pressure receptacles intended for the transport of dangerous goods, including experts in assessing the compliance of road tankers with ADR requirements. The training takes 80 hours. When passing training and attestation to the candidate for the title of expert, serious requirements are imposed on basic education, additional education and work experience. The first specialists trained in this course are employees of Independent Survey Company Russian Register J.S.C. and NBE Co. Ltd National Bureau of Expertise.

Preparation for the XIV International Conference "Multimodal Transport of Dangerous Goods"

Business security without administrative barriers

Preparations are continuing for the XIV International Conference "Multimodal Transport of Dangerous Goods". As of February 1, 2018, the following companies plan to participate in the forum:

"Coordination and Information Center for Assistance to Enterprises on Chemicals Safety Issues" Non-Commercial Partnership" Association ("NC CAIC CIS" Association), "All-Russian Research Center for Transport Technologies" Ltd., "Gazprom Neft Shelf" Ltd., "Gazprom PHG" Ltd. (Kaliningrad GHPG), "Kaliningrad Commercial Sea Port" OJSC, "Containerships SPb" CJSC, "Modul" Ltd., "Sea Trade Port of Ust-Luga" JSC, "National Bureau of Expertise" Ltd., "NUTEP" Ltd., "Nizhnekamskneftekhim" PJSC, "Promperforator" Ltd., "Russian Register" JSC, "Saint Peters Terminal" Ltd. , "TIS" Ltd., "Neftekhimtrans" Transport company" Ltd., "FESCO Integrated Transport" Ltd., "Chempack" TC" CJSC, "Yamal Railway Company" JSC, "Kominsur Insurance Broker" Ltd. etc.

The forum is expected to discuss acute topics that affect the interests of the entire transport business.

Training of specialists in a new quality


The solemn awarding of the quality management certificate to the Director of the International Staff Training Center (ISTC) -Tsikhiseli Vladimir Gerontievich, took place on January 17, 2018 at the office of the International Dangerous Goods and Containers Association.

The certificate was given by a representative of the well-known International Certification Body DNV GL - Igor Umansky. ISTC is the leading educational center in the field of training specialists involved in the transportation and handling of dangerous goods and the development of offshore oil and gas fields.

The introduction of a quality management system in the educational process and the availability of a quality management certificate issued by a well-known classification society will expand the range of educational services and provide them with a new quality.

The entry into force of the new Customs Code


The Customs Code, which was long awaited both by the participants in the foreign economic activity, and by the customs officials came into force since January 1, 2018. This is one of the few documents of the Eurasian Economic Union, in the development of which the business community actively participated. A lot of the constructive proposals of the business to improve certain norms that were regularly encountered in practice were taken into account. The document contains new approaches to informatization of customs operations, introduces a more convenient algorithm for business interaction with government agencies.

From the main innovations that have fundamental importance, we can note the following:

  • improvement of the institution of the authorized economic operator (AEO). The status of an authorized economic operator will now be available to all participants in the supply chain - carriers, warehouse owners, customs representatives and participants in foreign economic activity, whereas previously only importers and exporters could claim it.
  • the amount of security for payment of payments for customs representatives is within the competence of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission - it is a body at the level of Deputy Prime Ministers of the Parties. Earlier there was provision of 1 million euros.
  • the declaration will be carried out only in electronic form (the only exception is the impossibility of using the electronic form in connection with technical problems in the customs authority).
  • the new Customs Code cancels the need to provide a package of documents on the basis of which a declaration is drawn up. That is, the customs body is only submitted a declaration for goods in electronic form, in turn, the customs authority has all the power to require the submission of additional documents within the risk management system during the verification of the declaration, as well as in the control after the release of goods.
  • the list of information that should be contained in the declaration for goods expanded. According to Article 106 of the Customs Code, new mandatory information to be specified in the declaration for goods includes:
    • - information on the trademark;
    • - the name of the place of origin of the goods being the object of intellectual property;
    • - information about the seller and buyer of goods;
    • - about the price in accordance with commercial documents.
  • an emphasis on modern information technologies, a move towards expanding the capacity for individual customs operations without the participation of customs officials.
  • the terms of registration of the declaration have been reduced from 2 hours to 1 hour, and its release from one working day to 4 hours.
  • The term of release can be extended up to 10 working days from the date of registration of the declaration, for:
    • - completion of the application of forms of customs control;
    • - compliance with the requirements of the customs authority on the adjustment of the declaration;
    • - providing security for payment of payments.
  • changes have been made to the procedure for declaring goods in an unassembled or disassembled form, supplied by individual commodity lots (the so-called "components"). The key difference between the new procedure for declaring "components" is their declaration by filing a declaration for each goods lot. The final declaration for the entire "complete facility" as it was previously not provided.

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Provisional agenda for the Joint Meeting of Experts on the Regulations annexed to the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Waterways (ADN)


Provisional agenda for the thirty-second session, to be held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, from Monday 22 January 2018, 10.00 a.m. to Friday 26 January 2018, 12.30 p.m.

Full list of documents by agenda item and annotations is provided in document ECE/TRANS/WP.15/AC.2/65/Add.1

  • Adoption of the agenda.
  • Elections of officers for 2018.
  • Matters arising from the work of United Nations bodies or other organizations.
  • Implementation of the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Waterways (ADN):
    • a) Status of ADN;
    • b) Special authorizations, derogations and equivalents;
    • c) Interpretation of the Regulations annexed to ADN;
    • d) Training of experts;
    • e) Matters related to classification societies.
  • Proposals for amendments to the Regulations annexed to ADN:
    • a) Work of the RID/ADR/ADN Joint Meeting;
    • b) Other proposals;
    • c) Checking of amendments adopted at previous sessions.
  • Reports of informal working groups.
  • Programme of work and calendar of meetings.
  • Any other business.
  • Adoption of the report.

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