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Actual situation 23/03/17 16:50

An automated collection of the latest international ice reports and a graphic representation of the ice situation on the fairways. The colors show the status of the reports: black is a report from today, blue a report from yesterday and green shows that there is no report within the last two days (meaning no ice or no report!).
The fairways denominations after the report (AA, BB, ...) are a link to a representation of the ice conditions of the last 10 days on the respective fairway. Each day is given by a bar, the height gives the ice thickness, the color the ice concentration and symbols below give information about rafted or ridged ice. A ? denotes missing information.
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Danish Ice report

No report
 
Estonian Ice report

STEO10 EEMH 231053

ESTONIAN ICE REPORT UC77

23.03.2017

GULF OF FINLAND
IN THE HARBOURS OF THE PORT SAINT-PETERSBURG AND UP TO LONGITUDE OF THE LIGHTHOUSE TOLBUHIN THERE IS HUMMOCKED VERY CLOSE DRIFT ICE 20-40 CM THICK. UP TO THE LONGITUDE OF WESTERN POINT OF ISLAND BOLSHOY BERESOVIJ THERE IS CLOSE ICE 10-25 CM THICK. UP TO THE LONGITUDE OF THE ISLAND SESCAR THERE IS OPEN WATER. WESTWARD UP IS ICE-FREE. NARVA BAY IS ICE FREE KUNDA BAY IS ICE FREE. MUUGA BAY IS ICE FREE. TALLINN BAY IS ICE FREE.


IN THE PARNU BAY NEAR THE COAST THERE IS ROTTEN FAST ICE. FURTHER ON THE FAIRWAY UP TO LINE MANILAID-VOISTE THERE IS RIDGED VERY CLOSE DRIFT ICE. FURTHER ON THE FAIRWAY IS ICE FREE. IRBE STRAIT IS ICE FREE.


IN THE MOONSUND THERE IS ROTTEN FAST ICE NEAR THE COAST, FURTHER ON RIDGED VERY CLOSE AND CLOSE DRIFT ICE. ON THE FAIRWAY THERE ARE VERY OPEN DRIFT ICE AND OPEN WATER.
IN WESTWARD AND SOUTHWARD THERE ARE VERY OPEN DRIFT ICE AND OPEN WATER.


ICEBREAKERS: EVA-316 ASSIST TO PORT OF PARNU. RESTRICTIONS TO NAVIGATION IN BAY OF PARNU: MINIMUM ICE CLASS OF ASSISTED VESSELS 1C LLOYDS REGISTER, REQUIRED ENGINE POWER AT LEAST 1600 KW.

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Finnish Ice report

STFI41 EFKL 230919


FINNISH ICE REPORT 23.03.2017

The ice in the Bay of Bothnia and Gulf of Finland is moving eastward.

In the northern Bay of Bothnia there is 45-70 cm thick fast ice in the archipelago. Farther out there is 20-40 cm thick very close ice and 30-60 cm thick ridged compact ice. The icefield is difficult to force and there is occasionally ice pressure. Farther south 15-40 thick very close ice mixed with thick floes of consolidated brash ice. There are cracks in the ice fields.

In the southern Bay of Bothnia there is 20-40 cm thick fast ice in the archipelago. Off the fast ice there is first a narrow lead and then alternately thin level ice and 20-40 cm thick ridged close ice approximately to the latitude of Kalajoki. Further on to the Quark, very open and thin drift ice. In places there are areas of large thick floes.

In the Quark there is 20-40 cm thick fast ice in the inner archipelago and close ice to Ensten. Farther out open water.

In the Sea of Bothnia in the archipelago there is 10-40 cm thick fast ice. Off the fast ice there is, in places, thin drift ice.

In the Archipelago Sea there is 10-30 cm thick rotting fast ice and thin level ice in the inner archipelago. In the fairways there is mainly open water.

In the western Gulf of Finland there is 10-25 cm thick rotting fast ice and thin level ice in the archipelago.

In the eastern Gulf of Finland there is 15-35 cm thick fast ice in the inner archipelago. Off Kotka and Hamina outside the fast ice there is 10-25 cm thick very close ice. East of line Rankki - Schepelevski there is 10-30 cm thick very close ice.

Icebreakers: Kontio, Sisu and Frej assist in the northern Bay of Bothnia. Otso assists in the southern Bay of Bothnia. Voima assists in the eastern Gulf of Finland.

Restrictions to navigation: Minimum ice class and deadweight required of assisted vessels: Tornio, Kemi and Oulu, IA of more than 4000 tons. Raahe, Kalajoki, Kokkola and Pietarsaari, IA of more than 2000 tons. Vaasa, IA and IB of more than 2000 tons. Kaskinen, I and II of more than 2000 tons. Loviisa, Kotka and Hamina, IA and IB of more than 2000 tons and IC and II of more than 3000 tons.

The traffic separation scheme in the Quark is temporarily out of use due to ice conditions from 18th February.

Vessels bound for Gulf of Bothnia ports in which traffic restrictions apply shall, when passing the latitude 6000'N, report their nationality, name, port of destination, ETA and speed to ICE INFO on VHF channel 78. This report can also be given directly by phone +46 31 699 100.

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Germany  German Ice report

No report
 

Latvian Ice report

No report
 

Lithuania Lithuanian Ice report

No report
 

Norway Norwegian Ice report

No report
 

Polish Ice report

No report
 

Russian Ice report

No report
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Swedish Ice report

STSN42 ESWI 231108

23/03/17


SWEDISH ICE REPORT

ISSUED: THURSDAY MAR 23, 2017

BAY OF BOTHNIA IN THE N ARCHIPELAGO FROM HARAHOLMEN TO HAILUOTO 45-70 CM FAST ICE, IN THE S 30-50 CM FAST ICE. OFF THE FAST ICE OUT TO THE LINE LESKAR - BJORNKLACK - NORDVASTGRUND 25-50 CM VERY CLOSE ICE WITH SOME RIDGES AND LEADS. ON THE FINNISH SIDE OUT TO MALOREN - OULU 1 40-50 CM CONSOLIDATED ICE. OUT OF THERE TO THE LINE FARSTUGRUNDEN - BOTHNIA BOUY - BRAHESTAD 30-60 CM VERY CLOSE ICE WITH FREQUENT RIDGES. FURTHER SOUTH, EAST OF THE LINE SIMPGRUNDET - KOKKOLA 15-50 CM VERY CLOSE ICE WITH SOME CRACKS AND LEADS. WEST OF THE LINE MAINLY VERY OPEN ICE, WITH AREAS OF 10-40 CM OPEN OR CLOSE ICE. NEXT 24 HOURS E-SE ICE DRIFT.

THE QUARK IN SHELTERED BAYS AND IN THE VAASA ARCHIPELAGO 20-50 CM FAST OR PARTLY BROKEN ICE. OFF THE FAST ICE MOSTLY OPEN WATER OR 10-30 CM VERY OPEN ICE. NEXT 24 HOURS NE-E ICE DRIFT.

NORTHERN SEA OF BOTHNIA ON THE SWEDISH SIDE IN SHELTERED BAYS 10-40 CM ROTTENING FAST ICE. ON THE FINNISH COAST 15-40 CM FAST ICE. ON ANGERMANALVEN 15-40 CM OPEN TO VERY CLOSE ICE.

SOUTHERN SEA OF BOTHNIA IN SHELTERED BAYS ON THE SWEDISH SIDE ROTTENING OPEN OR CLOSE ICE. ALONG THE FINNISH COAST 10-30 CM ROTTENING FAST ICE.

SEA OF ALAND ROTTENING ICE IN SHELTERED BAYS.

ARCHIPELAGO SEA ALONG THE COAST 10-30 CM ROTTENING FAST ICE. IN THE ARCHIPELAGO THIN ROTTENING ICE.

LAKE MALAREN ROTTENING FAST OR OPEN ICE. PARTLY OPEN WATER.

GULF OF FINLAND IN THE ARCHIPELAGO 10-25 CM, PARTLY ROTTENING FAST ICE. IN THE INNER PARTS OF WYBORG BAY AND S:T PETERSBURG BAY 20-45 CM FAST ICE. OFF THE FAST ICE 15-35 CM CLOSE OR VERY CLOSE ICE TO THE LINE HELSINKI-MERIKARI-KOTLIN. SOUTH OF THE LINE 10-25 CM OPEN ICE TO MOTSHNYI. NEXT 24 HOURS NE-E ICE DRIFT.

GULF OF RIGA IN THE MOON SOUND AND PARNU BAY ROTTENING FAST ICE OR VERY CLOSE ICE.

LAKE VANERN THIN ROTTENING ICE IN THE NE ARCHIPELAGO.

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