Ice Report

ref.: ice report / week 04 / January 2020 / st.petersburg + ust-luga + vyborg/vysotsk
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fyi. we still have abnormal mild type winter
and air temps +1C / +3C, cloudy with chance of snow/rain
and western winds mostly.
also same -1c/+5c is forecasted for the next 10 days
with western winds, thus no ice growing is expected so far.
 
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)
- open water.
westward up is open water /ice-free.
 
in the top of vyborg bay – dark nilas ice in places but mainly open water ,
on approaches - open water/ice-free.
 
in the port of ust-luga and on approaches- open water/ice-free.
 
pls find attached ice chart (rcvd from http://www.smhi.se/)
and photos of inner harbours
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by February 10th, 2020
 
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 dark nilas ice.
farther westward - mainly open water.
 
in the top of vyborg bay –  there will be dark nilas ice.
in the entrance - mainly open water.
 
in the port of ust-luga and on approaches
- open water.
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by February 20th, 2020
 
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 dark close nilas ice 05-10cm thick,
farther westward up to the longitude of shepelevski lighthouse (029 07E)/ abt 10 nm off p/stn
-nilas and new ice.
farther westward - mainly open water.
 
in the top of vyborg bay –  there will be close ice 05-15 cm thick.
in the entrance including port of vysotsk – new ice.
 
in the port of ust-luga and on approaches close to shore line
- mainly open water.
 
preliminarily ice restrictions (for the min ice class):
 
for port of st.petersburg, bss experience of season 2018-2019
(we had moderate/mild winter 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 2019-2020,
but with ice breaker assistance for some periods)
 
for port of ust-luga, bss experience of season 2018-2019
(we had moderate/mild winter 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 2019-2020,
but with ice breaker assistance for some periods)
 
for port of vyborg, bss experience of season 2015-2016
(we had moderate/mild winter 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 2019-2020,
but with ice breaker assistance for some periods)
 
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)
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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 6 liner ice breakers: ‘kapitan sorokin’, ‘ermak’, ‘murmansk’,
‘kapitan nokolaev’, ‘vladivostok’, ‘sant-petersburg’
+ in case of severe ice season there will be one additional liner new built ice breakers: ‘viktor chernomyrdin’  
 
there are 7 port ice breakers: ‘mudjug’, ‘semen degnev’, ‘ivan kruzenshtern’, ‘kapitan plakhin’,
‘kapitan zarubin’, 'kapitan izmailov', ‘yuriy lisyansky’
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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

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