Ice Report

ref.: ice report week 04 / st.petersburg + ust-luga + vyborg/vysotsk
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current weather: -2C / -9C, cloudy.
 
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) – fast ice 20-30cm thick.
farther westward up to the longitude of shepelevski lighthouse (029 07E) // abt 10 nm off p/stn
-  fast ice 25-30cm thick.
farther westward up to the longitude of the island seskar (028 20E) // abt 35 nm off p/stn
- very close drifting ice 10-20cm thick.
farther westward up to the longitude of moshchnyy (027 49E) // abt 50 nm off from outer road of st.pete
- open drifting ice fields 05-10cm thick.
farther westward - mainly open water.
 
in the top of vyborg bay up to the longitude of the island rondo (028 20E) 10-
including port of vysotsk –  there is fast ice 20-30cm thick.
in the entrance – open drifting ice fields 10-20cm thick.
 
in the port of ust-luga – close ice 05-10 cm thick along shore line
and on approaches-  open drifting ice fields 10-15cm thick.
 
pls note Harbour Master’s office advised ice-breakers meeting point =
convoy meeting point - CMP = buoy no 1 (in the vicinity of island Gogland, abt 77nm off p/stn)
(we reckon time to reach pilot station from CMP as 8-12 hrs)
 
fyi: Upon arrival at CMP the ship is to contact by VHF with ice-breaker
and act according to direction of ice-breaker's Captain.
Whenever necessary the VTS  is to assist the ships to communicate
with the ice breaker.
 
ice breaker’s service in ports:
on approaches from ‘ice edge’ to st.petersburg – ib ‘kapitan sorokin’, ‘viktor chernomyrdin’ - main
in port of st.petersburg– ib ‘semyon dezhnev’, ‘mudjug’, ‘murmansk’, ‘ivan kruzenshtern’
 
on approaches from ‘ice edge’ to vyborg and vysotsk – ib ‘vladivostok’
in port of vyborg and vysotsk – ib 'kapitan izmailov'
 
on approaches from ‘ice edge’ to ‘ust-luga’ – ib ‘kapitan nikolaev’
in port of ust-luga– ib ‘kapitan plakhin’
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Forecast for the January 2022
It is forecasted that January 2022 will proceed according to moderate type winter scenario.
 
by January 31st, 2022
 
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) – fast ice 30-40cm thick.
farther westward up to the longitude of moshchnyy (027 49E) // abt 50 nm off from outer road of st.pete
- close ice 15-30cm thick.
farther westward up to the longitude of the island gogland (027 00E) // abt 70 nm off p/stn
- closw drifting ice fields 10-20cm thick.
farther westward up to the longitude of the vaindlo island (026 21E)
- open new ice.
farther westward - mainly open water.
 
in the top of vyborg bay up to the longitude of the island rondo (028 20E)
including port of vysotsk –  there will be fast ice 30-40cm thick.
in the strait bjerkesund there is fast ice 20-40 cm thick.
 
in the port of ust-luga – fast ice 15-25 cm thick close to shore line
and 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 2021-2022.
 
It is expected that the ice conditions during the forthcoming winter 2021-2022 will develop
according to moderate type winter.
Ice growing progress and thickness will be lower than mean annual values.
 
The expected time of appearance of drifting ice:
up to the longitude of Gogland island (027 00E // abt 80 nm off from roads of st.pete
- week 05-06th / begging of February 2022.
 
The maximum development of the ice conditions will be reached in the middle of February 2022,  
which is two weeks earlier than mean annual periods.
In that period the fast ice 35 – 45 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 25-35cm 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 2022,
which is close to mean annual periods.
 
ICE-RESTRICTIONS:
 
Port of St.Petersburg
from December 31st, 2021 / 00.00lt the following types of ships
are not accepted to call the port of st.petersbyrg asf:
 
- tandems(tug+barge)
 
- ships without ice class are accepted
to call the port of st.petersburg but only under ice-breaker assistance!
 
- ships with ice class are accepted
to call the port of st.petersburg without assistance provided permission
frm ice-breaker received or under ice-breaker assistance.
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Port of Vyborg
from January 13th, 2022 / 00.00lt the following types of ships
are not accepted to call the port of vyborg asf:
 
- tandems(tug+barge) (restricted)
 
- ships without ice class (restricted)
 
- ships with min ice class ( Ice 1  - Russian Register = LR 1D =BV ID ) are accepted
  to call the port of vyborg but only under ice-breaker assistance!
 
- ships with ice class ( Ice 2 - Russian Register = LR 1C =BV IC and more) are accepted
to call the port of vyborg without assistance provided permission
frm ice-breaker received or under ice-breaker assistance.
 
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Port of Vysotsk
from January 14th, 2022 / 00.00lt the following types of ships
are not accepted to call the port of vysotsk asf:
 
- tandems(tug+barge) (restricted)
 
- ships without ice class (restricted)
 
- ships with min ice class ( Ice 1  - Russian Register = LR 1D =BV ID ) are accepted
  to call the port of vysotsk but only under ice-breaker assistance!
 
- ships with ice class ( Ice 2 - Russian Register = LR 1C =BV IC and more) are accepted
to call the port of vysotsk without assistance provided permission
frm ice-breaker received or under ice-breaker assistance.
 
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Port of Ust-Luga
from January 10th, 2022 / 00.00lt the following types of ships
are not accepted to call the port of ust-luga asf:
 
- tandems(tug+barge)
 
- ships without ice class are accepted
to call the port of ust-luga but only under ice-breaker assistance!
 
- ships with ice class are accepted
to call the port of ust-luga without assistance provided permission
frm ice-breaker received or under ice-breaker assistance.
 
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very preliminarily ice restrictions (for the min ice class):
 
for port of st.petersburg, bss experience of seasons 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021
(we had moderate/mild winters as well)
there may be no min ice class restrictions at all
(it means that vsls without ice class most probably will be accepted all ice season 2021-2022,
but only with ice breaker assistance for some periods)
 
for port of ust-luga, bss experience of seasons 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021
(we had moderate/mild winters as well)
there may be no min ice class restrictions at all
(it means that vsls without ice class most probably will be accepted all ice season 2021-2022,
but only with ice breaker assistance for some periods)
 
for port of vyborg, bss experience of seasons 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021
(we had moderate/mild winter as well)
min ice class restrictions may be expected from mid of January 2022 till mid-end of March 2022
(it means that vsls without ice class may be not accepted
to call the port for subj period)
 
in any case ice restrictions will be officially announced by Harbour Master 14 days in advance  
 
portcall of restricted vsls will not be approved by Harbor Master,
exceptions only for vsls with DWT more then 30,000 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 (extremely mild winter)
2020/2021 no min ice class restrictions
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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.
 
there are 5+1 liner ice breakers: ‘kapitan sorokin’, ‘murmansk’,
‘kapitan nokolaev’, ‘vladivostok’, ‘viktor chernomyrdin’  
+ ‘kapitan dranitsyn’ will be available later close to Feb 2022
 
there are 6 port ice breakers: ‘mudjug’, ‘semyon dezhnev’, ‘ivan kruzenshtern’, ‘kapitan plakhin’,
‘kapitan kosolapov’, 'kapitan izmailov'
 
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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

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