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FINNISH ICE REPORT 24.4.2014
The ice condition is virtually unchanged.
In the northern Bay of Bothnia there is 45-60 cm thick
rottening fast ice in the archipelago. Farther out 15-50
cm thick ridged very close ice approximately to the line
Merikallat - Malren. In the ice field there are in places
areas with more open ice.
Lake Saimaa is virtually ice-free.
Icebreakers: Kontio and Otso assist in the Bay of Bothnia.
Restrictions to navigation:
Minimum ice class and deadweight required of assisted vessels:
Tornio, Kemi and Oulu, IA of more than 2000 tons.
Raahe, IA and IB of more than 2000 tons and IC and II of
more than 3000 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.