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Winter Navigation Season Coming To An End

As the Bay of Pärnu and the Gulf of Finland around the Port of Sillamäe are ice free and no vessels required icebreaker assistance during the weekend, this winter navigation season is finally over. IB Botnica is still on standby at Sillamäe but already scheduled to leave the area for Paljassaare Harbour on 10 April.

The Botnica operated in the vicinity of the ports of Kunda and Sillamäe from 22 February, assisting ships on 84 occasions and using about 552,000 litres of fuel. IB Tarmo replaced the Botnica for three days at the beginning of March, helping 4 vessels and using 47,000 litres of fuel.

Similarly, in Pärnu Bay vessels do not require icebreaking service any longer. During the season, the MA multi-purpose vessel EVA-316 assisted ships in 121 instances, with tugs belonging to Alfons Håkans providing icebreaking service in 103 cases while the EVA-316 was undergoing repairs for a technical malfunction. 303,000 litres of fuel was used for icebreaking activities in the Bay of Pärnu during the season.