One icebreaker escort operation performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 9-10
1 vessel was escorted by an icebreaker in the eastern part of the Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 9-10, says Ice Operations Headquarters of the Baltic Sea Ports Administration.
From the beginning of winter navigation season, icebreakers escorted 180 vessels including 128 vessels in Big Port St. Petersburg and 52 vessels in Vyborg and Vysotsk.
According to Ice Operations Headquarters, 3 icebreakers are in operation with six more ships in reserve. Technical availability of 4 icebreakers is being recovered.
Floating ice with concentration of 9-10/10th is observed in the Neva Bay, between the 16th anchorage and the Golden Gate (10-15 cm thick). The canal is free. Between the 16th anchorage and Dock-Gate Building C-1: 10-cm thick ice with concentration of 6-8/10th. Floating ice with concentration of 7-9/10th is observed in the port basins (up to 10 thick). Floating ice with concentration of 3-5/10th is observed between С-1 and the entrance buoy.
Between the port of Vyborg and the turning buoy of Vysotsk port: fast ice of 10-15 cm thick. The canal is free. Between the turning buoy of Vysotsk port and Vysotsk Gate (including water area of Vysotsk port) – new ice with ice free water from the entrance buoy.