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Icebreaking Activities in Pärnu Bay

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”, and according to application by the Port of Pärnu of 16 January 2018 in regard to ice conditions in Pärnu Bay, the Director-General of the Estonian Maritime Administration has issued a directive (no. 1-1-1/10-OP, of 17 January 2018) establishing 18 January 2018 as the date for the beginning of the winter navigation season in Pärnu Bay.

As of 28 January, 00:00 hrs, all ships entering or leaving the Port of Pärnu and assisted by an icebreaker are required to have ice class no less than 1C (Lloyd’s Register) or an equivalent ice class given by other classification societies, and to have engine power no less than 1600 kW. Barges towed by tugboats will not be given icebreaker assistance.

This information will be published in Notices to Mariners, on the MA website, and transmitted via NAVTEX.

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