Ice Report

ref.: ice report week 04 +  forecast / st.petersburg + ust-luga + vyborg/vysotsk
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current weather: -5C / -8C, cloudy and W, SW winds mostly.
 
due to low air temp upto minus 25C, there was rapid ice growing during last week
 
in the harbours of the port of st.petersburg and farther westward in the sea
channel up to the longitude of kronstadt dam (029 40E)
- there is fast ice up to 15-30cm thick.
farther westward up to the longitude of shepelevski lighthouse (029 07E)/ abt 10 nm off p/stn
-close drifting ice 10-20cm thick.
farther westward up to the longitude of seskar island (028 24E // abt 30 nm off from outer road of st.pete)
-close drifting ice 5-15cm thick.
farther westward up to the longitude of moshchnyy (027 49E) // abt 50 nm off from outer road of st.pete)
-dark nilas and new ice.
farther westward - mainly open water.
 
in the top of vyborg bay and in the entrance including port of vysotsk
–  there is fast ice 15-20cm thick.
farther on approaches from the longitude of the island rondo (028 20E)
till the longitude of the malyj island (028 04E)  
-close drifting ice 5-15cm thick.
 
in the port of ust-luga – there is open floating dark nilas
and on approaches- close open new ice.
 
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by January 31th, 2021
 
in the harbours of the port of st.petersburg and farther westward in the sea
channel up to the longitude of kronstadt dam (029 40E)
- there will be fast ice 20-35cm thick,
farther westward up to the longitude of shepelevski lighthouse (029 07E)/ abt 10 nm off p/stn
-very close ice 10-25cm thick.
farther westward up to the longitude of moshchnyy (027 49E) // abt 50 nm off from outer road of st.pete)
-open drifting ice 10-20cm thick.
farther westward - mainly open water.
 
in the top of vyborg bay and in the entrance including port of vysotsk
–  there is fast ice 20-30cm thick.
farther on approaches from the longitude of the island rondo (028 20E)
till the longitude of the malyj island (028 04E)  
-close drifting ice 10-20cm thick.
 
in the port of ust-luga close to shore line – fast ice 15-20cm thick.
on approaches – close drifting ice 10-20cm thick.
 
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The provisional forecast of the ice conditions on the Gulf of Finland for winter 2020-2021.
 
It is expected that the ice conditions during the forthcoming winter 2020-2021 will develop
according to mild type winter. Ice growing progress and thickness will be lower than mean annual values.
 
The expected time of appearance of drifting ice:
and to the longitude of Gogland island (027 00E // abt 80 nm off from roads of st.pete
- week 07-08th / mid of February 2021.
 
The maximum development of the ice conditions will be reached in the end of February 2021,  
which is close to mean annual periods.
In that period the fast ice 30 – 40 cm thick is expected in the harbours of the port of st.petersburg
and upto the Kronshtadt dam / outer road of st.pete.
Farther up to the seskar island (028 24E // abt 30 nm off from outer road of st.pete)
- there will be very close, hummocked ice 20-35cm thick.
Farther to the longitude of Gogland island (027 00E / abt 80nm off from roads of st.pete) 
-close drifting ice 10 - 20 cm thick is expected. .
 
It is forecasted that the eastern part of gulf of finland will be fully ice free by mid of April 2021.
 
ICE-RESTRICTIONS announcement:
 
Port of St.Petersburg
from January 30th, 2021 / 00.00lt the following types of ships
will not be accepted to call the port of st.petersburg asf:
- tandems(tug+barge) (restricted)
 
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Port of Vyborg and Vysotsk
from January 25th, 2021 / 00.00lt the following types of ships
will not be accepted to call the port of vyborg and vysotsk asf:
 
- tandems(towing tug+barge) - restricted
!! tandems (pushing tug+barge) with ttl LOA less 135m are not restricted
 
- ships without ice class are accepted
to call the port of vyborg and vysotsk but only under ice-breaker assistance!
 
- ships with ice class are accepted
to call the port of vyborg and vysotsk without assistance provided permission
frm ice-breaker received or under ice-breaker assistance.
 
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Port of Ust-Luga
No ice restrictions so far
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bss current ice conditions and forecasts available
Harbour Master of St.Petersburg expect to avoid min ice class restrictions for St.Petersburg
(when vsls without min ice class are restricted to call the port at all)
but if any Min Ice class restrictions will be officially announced 14 days in advance.
No min ice class restrictions expected in Ust-Luga as well.
 
portcall of restricted vsls will not be approved by Harbor Master,
exceptions only for vsls with GRT more than 15,000 and age less then
15 years with special Ice Safety Certificate issued by Russian Register
 
pls find below ice class restrictions for st.petersburg during last years asf:
 
1999/2000    jan 26th 2000             apr  17th 2000
2000/2001     feb 5th 2001              apr  17th 2001
2001/2002     jan 1st 2002               apr   4th 2002
2002/2003     dec 9th 2002              may 5th 2003 (abnormal severe winter)
2003/2004     feb 1st 2004               apr 19th 2004
2004/2005     feb 2nd 2005              apr 15th 2005
2005/2006     jan 6th 2006               apr 28th 2006
2006/2007     feb 1st 2007               apr 06th 2007
2007/2008     jan 10th 2008             apr 04th 2008
2008/2009     jan 05th 2009             apr 06th 2009
2009/2010    dec 22nd 2009            apr 26th 2010 (severe winter)
2010/2011     dec 6th 2010              may 7th 2011 (extremely severe winter)
2011/2012     jan  27th 2012            apr  25th 2012
2012/2013     feb  20th 2013            mar  19th 2013
2013/2014     no min ice class restrictions (mild winter)
2014/2015     no min ice class restrictions (mild winter)
2015/2016     no min ice class restrictions (mild winter)
2016/2017     no min ice class restrictions (mild winter)
2017/2018     mar 07th 2018            apr  14th 2018
2018/2019     no min ice class restrictions (mild winter)
2019/2020     no min ice class restrictions (mild winter)
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local ice breakers fleet will standby to assist
the forthcoming ice traffic to ports of st.petersburg, vysotsk,
primorsk, vyborg and ust-luga.
 
current ice breakers’ distribution per ports:
st.petersburg
liner ice breaker ‘kapitan sorokin’,
+port ice breakers ‘mudjug’, ‘semen degnev’, ‘ivan kruzenshtern’
 
ust-luga
liner ice breaker ‘viktor chernomyrdin’,
+port ice breakers  ‘kapitan plakhin’, ‘kapitan zarubin’
 
vyborg and vysotsk
liner ice breaker ‘vladivostok’,
+port ice breakers  'kapitan izmailov', ‘yuriy lisyansky’
 
primorks
liner ice breakers ‘murmansk’, ‘kapitan nikolaev’
 
there are ttl 5 liner ice breakers
and 7 port ice breakers
+ in case of severe ice season there will be one additional liner ice breakers: ‘krasin’
 
for updated ice conditions report/forecast pls visit our home page
http://neva-delta.com
HM office warning:
Every ship, navigating in ice, shall have available all the necessary supplies of fuel,
fresh water and provisions for at least 20 days.
All ships proceeding in ice conditions to and out of the sea port when in ice convoy with ice-breaker
shall ensure manual mode of  the main engine control whenever necessary.
Ship’s company manual must have ice clause (instructions from Owners)
in case of its absence PSC/MoU may punish the master/vsl
should you require any further information/assistance
please do not hesitate to contact us at any time
 
kind regards,
NEVA-DELTA SA, st.petersburg
as agents/brokers only

Ice Chart was taken from the site of  Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute