STFI41 EFKL 190712
FINNISH ICE REPORT 19.4.2014
The ice situation is virtually unchanged.
In the northern Bay of Bothnia there is 45-60 cm thick
fast ice in the archipelago. Farther out 15-50 cm thick
ridged compact ice to the line Raahe Malren. There is a
narrow brash ice barrier at the ice edge.
The southern Bay of Bothnia is ice-free.
In Saimaa there is mostly open water, in places 5-15 cm
thick rotten ice.
Icebreakers: Kontio and Otso assist in the Bay of Bothnia.
Meteor assists in Saimaa.
Restrictions to navigation:
Minimum ice class and deadweight required of assisted vessels:
Tornio, Kemi and Oulu, IA of more than 4000 tons.
Raahe, IA and IB of more than 2000 tons.
Vessels bound for Finnish or Swedish ports with traffic
restrictions in the Quark or the Bay of Bothnia shall, 20
nautical miles before Nordvalen Lighthouse, report in
accordance with the instructions for winter navigation to
Bothnia VTS on VHF channel 67.
Vessels bound for Gulf of Bothnia ports in which traffic
restrictions apply shall, when passing Svenska Bjrn,
report their nationality, name, port of destination, ETA
and speed to ICE INFO on VHF channel 84. This report can
also be given directly by phone +46 31 699 100.