Daily icebreaking service covers 44 vessels in the Gulf of Finland
During the past 24 hours, 11 icebreakers of Rosmorport FSUE provided icebreaking assistance for 44 vessels in the Gulf of Finland, PortNews IAA learnt from the press service of Rosmorport. From the very beginning of the winter navigation, icebreaking service was provided to 684 vessels.
The following vessels are currently engaged in icebreaking: Captain Izmailov, Captain Zarubin, Captain Plakhin, Semen Dezhnev, Ivan Kruzenshtern, Mudyug, Moskva, Karu, Sankt-Peterburg, Captain Sorokin and Rossija.
We remind that additional ice restrictions were introduced in Big Port St. Petersburg from February 4, 2013 according to the Harbor Master’s order. Ice I vessels are allowed to carry out ice navigation only with the assistance of icebreakers, vessels with Ice2 class and over are allowed to carry out non-escorted voyages upon icebreaker’s permission and recommendation or with icebreaker’s assistance.
Tug and tow vessels or non-reinforced vessels are not permitted to ice navigation.
15 icebreakers are deployed for operation in Russian part of the Gulf of Finland in winter navigation of 2012-2013, including 14 diesel-electric icebreakers of Rosmorport FSUE and one nuclear icebreaker of Atomflot FSUE.