The Technical Regulation on the safety of inland waterway transport has been amended. On 30th April 2015 a Decree was adopted according to which it was decided to include certain amendments into this normative document (provided by the Government Decree No 426).

More on the amendments

In particular, it was established that starting May 14th the aforementioned normative document will be applied not only in respect of inland waterway transport facilities, pilot projects and documents that were produced when the Technical Regulation was already in effect, but also to those vessels, documents, pilot projects and facilities that were produced before the standard entered into force. Thus, according to the TR, entrepreneurs whose activity is related to the design and construction of waterway transport must assess the quality of vessels, if it has not been done yet. The obtained permits will be required for legal use as well as for the implementation of facilities and pilot projects.

Furthermore, amendments were made to other sections of the Technical Regulation on waterway transport; the changes affected some definitions and records. For instance, the record on self-propelled vessels whose engine power exceeds 55 kilowatts, vessels whose capacity exceeds 80 gross tons, passenger ships, bulk liquid carriers and ships used for transporting dangerous goods has been replaced with a record on vessels that are subject to state registration (with the exception of small sailing, sport and recreational waterway transport facilities).

On the realization of the assessment

To assess the quality in accordance with the new requirements, entrepreneurs can address to accredited certification centres. In order to obtain a permit, they will need to submit a list of documents; the waterway transport facilities will have to undergo a practical test. Upon completion of the tests, permits will be issued in accordance with the Technical Regulation.