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No Icebreaker Assistance Needed in Gulf of Finland Yet

In the Gulf of Finland ice with a thickness of 5 to 7 cm has formed in the vicinity of the ports of Kunda and Sillamäe, but it is no obstacle to vessel traffic yet. If the situation should change the icebreaker Botnica belonging to TS Shipping will perform icebreaking operations in the region. At the moment, the Botnica is on standby in Paljassaare Harbour.

Since 31 January, icebreaking service has been provided in Pärnu Bay by the tug Protector. The Protector has assisted ships in 66 cases so far, while the MA multipurpose vessel EVA-316 assisted ships in 31 instances when the icebreaking season began. Thus, icebreaker assistance has been required 97 times during this winter navigation season and 110,000 litres of fuel has been used.

The state-owned vessel EVA-316 is currently under repair for technical malfunction; the repair works depend on the availability of spare parts.

The ice sheet reaches 17 miles SW from the piers of the Port of Pärnu. The thickness of the ice is 10 to 20 cm and hummocked ice can be found on the edge of the ice sheet around 2.5 to 3.5 miles towards the sea. All ships, either in ballast or loaded, need icebreaker assistance entering or leaving the Port of Pärnu. As the ice is covered with snow about 10 cm thick, the thickness of the ice sheet has not been increasing.