In June 2022, the Russian Shipping Register of Shipping (RS) conducted an annual audit of JSC Volga Shipping Company’s compliance with the requirements of the International Safety Management Code. The shipping company’s safety management system has been found to comply with self-imposed ship operation safety requirements and commitments, Volga Shipping Company said.
The planned audit of Volga Shipping Company’s shore facilities, conducted by RS experts, included active work with company management on navigation safety, employee relations, operation and maintenance of the fleet.
Particular attention was paid to the practices deployed by the company to ensure the safe operation of its liquid bulk and dry bulk fleet operating on national and international routes. The audit included in particular an in-depth study of issues related to corrective and preventive actions, an analysis of the relevance of the instructions and procedures for the safe operation of the various vessels, including internal and external audit reports. The interaction between land divisions and ships was assessed as well as the company’s emergency preparedness and the operation of its emergency response centre. The company’s corporate programs for additional crew member training and the practice of regular crew safety seminars have been highly appreciated.
Based on the findings of the audit, the joint-stock company “Volga Shipping Company” obtained a compliance document confirming the compliance of the company’s maritime security policy with international standards, as well as the effectiveness of the actions of company and the management methods applied on ships and ashore in pursuit of the policy aimed at the safe management of ships and the prevention of environmental pollution.
Founded in 1843, the Volga Shipping Company is one of Russia’s largest shipping companies. The fleet under operational management of the company has approximately 250 units with a total deadweight of over 1.4 million tonnes. The company transports more than 15 million tons of freight per year. The range of services offered by Volga Shipping Company includes: dry bulk, liquid bulk and project transportation along the inland waterways of Russia by river and international routes.