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FINNISH ICE REPORT 9.3.2014
The ice is drifting north-eastward in all sea areas.
In the northern Bay of Bothnia there is 50-65 cm thick
fast ice in the archipelago. Farther out 30-60 cm thick
ridged consolidated drift ice approximately to the line
Rdkallen - Marjaniemi. Ice pressure occurs in the ice
field and in places the ice field is very difficult to
force. There is a brash ice barrier at the southern edge
of the ice field.
In the southern Bay of Bothnia there is 20-50 cm thick
fast ice in the archipelago. Farther out in places
In the Quark there is 20-45 cm thick fast ice in the inner
archipelago of Vaasa. Farther out open water.
Approximately north of the line Holmgadd Skagsudde
there is 10-40 cm thick very close ice.
In the Sea of Bothnia there is 10-35 cm thick fast ice in
In the Archipelago Sea there is 10-30 cm thick rottening
ice in the inner archipelago. Large parts of the
archipelago is open water and the main fairways are open.
In the western Gulf of Finland there is 10-30 cm thick
rottening fast ice in the archipelago. There is a narrow
zone of 10-20 cm thick very close ice at the fast ice edge.
In the eastern Gulf of Finland there is 20-40 cm thick
fast ice in the archipelago. There is a narrow zone of
10-30 cm thick close and very close ice at the fast ice
edge. Farther out open water. Approximately north of the
line Haapasaari - Kotlin there is 15-35 cm thick close and
very close ice.
Icebreakers: Kontio and Otso assist in the Bay of Bothnia.
Frej assists in the Quark. Voima assists in the Gulf of
Restrictions to navigation: Minimum ice class and
deadweight required of assisted vessels:
Tornio, Kemi, Oulu and Raahe, IA of more than 4000 tons.
Kokkola, Pietarsaari and Vaasa, IA and IB of more than
Kaskinen, Pori, Rauma, Uusikaupunki, Naantali, Turku,
Hanko, Koverhar, Inkoo, Kantvik, Helsinki and Porvoo, 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.
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.