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Icebreaking Operations in Gulf of Finland

On the basis of subsection 45 (51) of the Maritime Safety Act, and of Regulation No. 265 of the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications of 23 December 2003 “Procedure for Icebreaking Activities”, the Director General of the Estonian Maritime Administration has issued a directive establishing 23 February 2007 as the date for the beginning of the icebreaking activities in the Gulf of Finland in the current winter navigation season.


The directive also establishes the following requirements for ships entering and leaving the ports of Kunda and Sillamäe:

a)      ice class 1C (Lloyd’s Register) or an equivalent ice class given by other classification societies;

b)      main engine output not less than 1600 kW.

Tugs and barges will not be given icebreaker assistance.


These requirements shall be enforced from 28 February 2007.