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FINNISH ICE REPORT 22.01.2022

New ice has formed in the Gulf of Bothnia.

In the northern Bay of Bothnia, 30-50 cm thick fast ice to Hebe and Kattilankalla. Farther out 20-40 cm thick consolidated ice to Kemi 3 and Oulu 4. Farther out, 10-40 cm thick, in places ridged, close ice approximately to the line Kemi 1 - Nahkiainen. The ice field is in places difficult to force. Off Raahe, 10-40 cm thick fast ice to Johan. At Raahe lighthouse a brash ice barrier difficult to force has formed.

In the southern Bay of Bothnia, 10-35 cm thick fast ice in the archipelago. A brash ice barrier has formed at the fast ice edge and it is in places difficult to force. Farther out new ice.

In the Quark, thin open ice and new ice. In the Vaasa archipelago, 10-35 cm thick fast ice to Ensten. Further to Norra Gloppsten, 5-20 cm thick very close ice. Farther out new ice.

In the Sea of Bothnia, 5-25 cm thick ice in the inner archipelago. At the ice edge, in thin very close ice and new ice.

In the Archipelago Sea, thin ice in the inner archipelago. Along the larger fairways mainly open water. In the outer archipelago open water.

In the western Gulf of Finland, 10-30 cm thick ice in the inner archipelago.

In the eastern Gulf of Finland, 10-35 cm thick fast ice in the archipelago. Farther out 5-20 cm thick very open ice to the line Tainio - Haapasaari. In the Bay of Vyborg 20-35 cm thick fast ice.

In the Lake Saimaa and in the Saimaa Canal, 25-45 cm thick ice. The Canal is locally hard to force.

Icebreakers: Otso, Kontio, Urho and Polaris assist in the Bay of Bothnia. Zeus assists in the Quark. Voima assists in the eastern Gulf of Finland. Calypso and Protector assist in the Lake Saimaa and Saimaa Canal.

Assistance restrictions: Minimum ice class and deadweight required of assisted vessels:
Tornio, Kemi and Oulu, IA of more than 4000 tons.
Raahe, IA of more than 2000 tons.
Kalajoki, Kokkola, Pietarsaari and Vaasa, IB of more than 2000 tons.
Kaskinen, Taalintehdas, Förby, Inkoo, Kantvik, Loviisa, Kotka and Hamina, I of more than 2000 tons.
Kristiinankaupunki, Pori, Rauma, Uusikaupunki, Naantali, Turku, Koverhar, Lappohja, Helsinki, Sköldvik and Mussalo, II of more than 2000 tons.
Lake Saimaa and Saimaa Canal, IA of more than 2000 tons.

Vessels bound for Gulf of Bothnia ports in which assistance restrictions apply, shall when passing latitude 60° 00' N report their nationality, name, destination, ETA and speed to ICE INFO on VHF channel 78. This report can also be given directly by telephone to +46 10 492 7600.

Vessels bound for Finnish or Swedish ports with assistance restrictions in the Quark or the Bay of Bothnia shall, 20 nautical miles before Nordvalen Lighthouse (63° 32,15' N 20° 46,60' E), report in accordance with the instructions for winter navigation to Bothnia VTS on VHF channel 67.

The traffic separation schemes in the Quark are temporarily out of use from 15 January 2022.