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RS requirements for tank containers with a vessel of  polymer composite materials
23 December 2016

RS requirements for tank containers with a vessel of polymer composite materials

A new section - Part VIII Containers from polymer composite materials will be introduced to the Rules for Containers of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS).

The results of research activity on working out the normative requirements for tank containers with PCM vessel were approved by an expert committee. At the technical meeting arranged by the Register, the representative of the leading enterprises engaged in development, testing and operation of the PCM products have recognized the novelty, applicability and practical relevance of the work performed and underlined the industry interest in the certification of transportation facilities with the PCM vessels in compliance with the national and international requirements.

Besides new Part VIII, in the course of the research activity the amendments to the RS Rules for Technical Supervision during Manufacture of Containers, RS Rules for Technical Supervision of Containers in Service, as well as the proposals on updating the Methodology Instructions on design, manufacture, operation and repair of the pressure vessels for the storage and carriage of dangerous cargoes in Part III Non-Metal (Polymer) Composite Materials have been developed.

Further on, it is scheduled to development the requirements missing at the moment in the international normative base (in particular, in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code) related to the tank containers with PCM vessels that will allow to ensure carriage by all types of transport, including the transportation by sea.

The above activity is caused by the first Russian container tank with a vessel of polymer composite materials (PCM) intended for multimodal transportation of deleterious substances, chemicals and petrochemicals. The Register is participating in this project since 2013 together with the leading Russian enterprises and operators of the container market - JSC Research and production corporation UralVagonZavod, Uralcryomash JSC, Spectransgarant, as well as the Center for Composites of Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech)). In 2015 the tank container was subject to the prototype testing under the RS supervision, including hydraulic, dynamic, static and fire resistance tests. Based on the test results, the RS Certificates of Approval were issued that being the reason for starting the experimental service.

The sample of the tank container with PCM vessel was presented to Dmitry Medvedev, Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, at the stand of UralVagonZavod production corporation at the exhibition Transport of Russia-2016 held in Moscow in December.



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