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Update on Icebreaking Operations in Estonian Waters: EVA-316 in Pärnu Bay and Botnica in Gulf of Finland

The Gulf of Finland is covered with ice 10 to 20 cm thick and partly hummocked east of Tallinn-Helsinki route, but the bays of Tallinn and Muuga are still ice-free.

Since 22 February, the I/B Botnica has been performing icebreaking operations in the vicinity of the ports of Kunda and Sillamäe, having assisted 21 ships and used 180,000 litres of fuel. The I/B Tarmo replaced the Botnica at the beginning of March for 3 days, assisting vessels on 4 occasions and using 47,000 litres of fuel.

Since March 4, the Maritime Adaministration’s vessel EVA-316 has been breaking ice again in Pärnu Bay. The tug Protector, which replaced the EVA-316 while the latter was under repairs, assisted ships on 101 instances. In Pärnu Bay, the icebreaking operations have required 161,000 litres of fuel so far. 

The ice sheet on Pärnu Bay reaches 20 miles SW from the piers of the Port of Pärnu, the thickness of the ice is 15 to 25 cm and it is heavily hummocked on the edge of the ice sheet around 2.5 to 3.5 miles towards the sea. All ships in the area require icebreaker assistance. Northeast winds have carried ice into the Irbe Strait (Kura kurk) and all vessels in ballast have difficulty moving in the region. Formation of new ice has been noted all over the Gulf of Riga and so far the recommended route to the Port of Pärnu has been south of the Island of Ruhnu. 

Icebreaking continues both in the Gulf of Finland and Pärnu Bay.

In the picture: EVA-316 at Hundipea Harbour (Photo by P. Põiklik)