8 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 10-11
8 vessel was escorted by an icebreaker in the eastern part of the Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 10-11, says Ice Operations Headquarters of the Baltic Sea Ports Administration.
From the beginning of winter navigation season, icebreakers escorted 188 vessels including 132 vessels in Big Port St. Petersburg and 56 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.