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16 December 2016

RS updates Rules for Planning and Execution of Marine Operations as regards safety assessment

The "Industrial machinery" section within the Scientific and Technical Council of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) has approved the research results in the development of a new revision of Part IV Safety Assessment, Rules for Planning and Execution of Marine Operations, where methods of quantitative risk assessment (QRA) and risk management will be implemented.

The R&D work has revealed the standard hazards and emergencies pertaining to various marine operations; methods of quantitative risk assessment (QRA) have been presented, a safety (risk) assessment algorithm in execution of marine operations is designed using the acceptable safety criteria; the terminology and definitions used in the field are revised; recommendations have been issued for processing the risk assessment results of marine operations as well as generating a risk level matrix and risk acceptability tables; an emergency classifier is developed.

The study has specified the key hazards increasing the risk of a particular emergency. Possible measures of risk reduction/elimination are shown on the examples of marine operations risk assessment. Such complex and thoroughly elaborated approach provides an effective tool for risk control and management.

The research is based on the international statistical databases on the accidents during marine operations, such as Worldwide Offshore Accident Databank, International Association of Oil&Gas Producers, SAFATEC, CODAM, Statistics from the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations.

In the future, on the basis of the scientific research results the, updating of the RS Rules will be performed as follows:

  • Rules for Planning and Execution of Marine Operations;
  • Rules for the Classification and Construction of Subsea Production Facilities;
  • Rules for the Classification and Construction of Subsea Pipelines;
  • Rules for the Oil-and-Gas Equipment of Floating Offshore Oil-and-Gas Production Units, Mobile Offshore Drilling Units and Fixed Offshore Platforms.

For the convenience of customers, the Appendices to the Rules will include the guidance materials on the safety assessment algorithm, risk matrix generation methods and specific examples of risk assessments for various marine operations.



Established in 1913, Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) is one of the leading classification societies. Recognised by the European Union. Member of IACS. The RS activity is aimed at enhancing high standards of maritime safety and minimising the negative impact of human activities on the environment through scientifically based risk assessment and risk management procedures.

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