We have been advised that the Romanian Ministry of Transport, Buildings and Tourism issued an order that becomes effective on 27th February 2004. Order 276/2004 covers the acceptance of petroleum, chemical and LPG tankers at Romanian terminals and the monitoring of the safety of tanker operations by the Romanian Naval Authority – RNA - which is the result of the merger between the former Inspectoratul Navigatiei Civile and the Romanian Register of Shipping.
The provisions of the subject order are:
The provision regarding the issuance of gas free certificate and hot work permits could have a significant cost impact as it is expected that the RNA will charge a fee of Euro 50 per each and every inspected volume of 1,000 cbm, and possibly for every additional inspection in the same compartment if the compartment is not found gas free initially.
The order states that the surveys should be conducted on basis of following guidelines:
This order would suggest that aforesaid list is not exhaustive and it further refers to guides issued by ICS and OCIMF, recommended by IMO, in general.
We advise Members to be fully aware of the above.
Source of information:
Club Correspondents, Romania