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Actual situation 26/04/18 19:50

An automated collection of the latest international ice reports and a graphic representation of the ice situation on the fairways. The colors show the status of the reports: black is a report from today, blue a report from yesterday and green shows that there is no report within the last two days (meaning no ice or no report!).
The fairways denominations after the report (AA, BB, ...) are a link to a representation of the ice conditions of the last 10 days on the respective fairway. Each day is given by a bar, the height gives the ice thickness, the color the ice concentration and symbols below give information about rafted or ridged ice. A ? denotes missing information.
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Danish Ice report

No report
 
Estonian Ice report

No report
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Finnish Ice report

STFI41 EFKL 260909


FINNISH ICE REPORT 26.04.2018

In the Bay of Bothnia the ice drifts slowly to north-northeast.

In the northern Bay of Bothnia there is 40-75 cm thick fast ice in the archipelago. At the fast ice edge 30-50 cm thick ridged consolidated ice to southwest of Kemi 2 and to Oulu 1. Between Kemi 1 and Merikallat there is an area with mainly very open ice. Farther out 25-50 cm thick rafted and ridged ice. There are cracks, leads and openings in the ice field.

In the southern Bay of Bothnia 30-55 cm thick fast ice in the archipelago. Off the fast ice edge there is a ridged ice zone, difficult to force. Farther out 20-50 cm thick mainly close ridged ice.

North of the Quark 20-40 cm thick mainly close ice. In the Quark 10-30 cm thick very open ice including some thicker floes. To south from Nordvalen there is open water. In the Vaasa archipelago 30-55 cm thick rotting fast ice to Ensten. Further on, approximately 4 nautical miles, there is 20-35 cm thick rotting ice. Farther out open water.

In the Sea of Bothnia in places rotten fast ice in the archipelago. Farther out ice-free.

In the Archipelago Sea it is ice-free.

In the western Gulf of Finland it is ice-free.

In the eastern Gulf of Finland in places rotten ice in the inner archipelago. Farther out it is ice-free. East of Santio there is an area of 10-30 cm thick drift ice.

Icebreakers: Kontio, Otso, Urho and Sisu assist in the Bay of Bothnia. Zeus assists in the Quark.

Alterations to the restrictions: From today onwards minimum ice class and deadweight required of assisted vessels: Vaasa, IA and IB of more than 2000 tons or IC and II of more than 3000 tons.

Restrictions to navigation: Minimum ice class and deadweight required of assisted vessels: Tornio, Kemi, Oulu, Raahe, Kalajoki, Kokkola and Pietarsaari, IA of more than 4000 tons. Vaasa, IA and IB of more than 2000 tons or IC and II of more than 3000 tons.

Vessels bound for Gulf of Bothnia ports in which traffic restrictions apply shall, when passing the latitude 6000'N, report their nationality, name, port of destination, ETA and speed to ICE INFO on VHF channel 78. This report can also be given directly by phone +46 31 699 100.

Vessels bound for ports in the Bay of Bothnia shall report to Bothnia VTS on VHF channel 67 20 NM before Nordvalen lighthouse.

The traffic separation scheme in the Quark is temporarily out of use.

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Germany  German Ice report

No report
 

Latvian Ice report

No report
 

Lithuania Lithuanian Ice report

No report
 

Norway Norwegian Ice report

No report
 

Polish Ice report

No report
 

Russian Ice report

STRS10 RUMS 260900


RUSSIAN ICE REPORT 26.04.2018

Gulf of Finland:
RUSSIAN ICE REPORT 26.04.2018

Gulf of Finland: IN THE VYBORG BAY THERE IS VERY OPEN ROTTEN ICE. IN THE ENTRANCE THERE IS OPEN W ATER. REMAINING PART OF THE FINLAND BAY THERE IS ICE-FREE.

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Swedish Ice report

STSN42 ESWI 261220

26/04/18


SWEDISH ICE REPORT

ISSUED: THURSDAY APR 26, 2018

IN THE ARCHIPELAGOS 30-75 CM FAST ICE. FURTHER OUT, FROM BIGHT OF SKELLEFTEA VIA BJUROKLUBB TO BLACKKALLEN A LEAD WITH OPEN WATER OR VERY OPEN ICE. A LEAD ALSO AT OULU 1 AND BRAHESTAD. FURHER S ALONG THE FINNISH COAST SMALLER LEADS WITH OPEN WATER OR VERY OPEN WATER. ELSE AT SEA 20-50 CM CLOSE OR VERY CLOSE ICE, WITH EXTENSIVE AREAS OF CRACKS AND LEADS. NEXT 24 HOURS MELTING ALONG THE COASTS AND SLOW WEAK ICE DRIFT.

THE QUARK CLOSE TO THE COASTS AND IN VAASA ARCHIPELAGO 25-60 CM ROTTENING FAST ICE, W HOLMOARNA BROKEN FAST ICE. OFF THE FAST ICE ON THE SWEDISH SIDE, 5-20 CM VERY OPEN ICE OR OPEN WATER. E HOLMOARNA 20-50 CM VERY OPEN TO CLOSE ICE, WITH THE THICKEST ICE IN THE N. ALONG THE FINNISH COAST A LEAD. IN THE MOST SOUTHERN PARTS OF THE QUARK MAINLY OPEN WATER. NEXT 24 HOURS MELTING AND WEAK ICE DRIFT.

NORTHERN SEA OF BOTHNIA AT THE COASTS, 15-40 CM ROTTEN FAST ICE. ON ANGERMANALVEN 25-50 CM ROTTEN VERY OPEN TO CLOSE ICE. NEXT 24 HOURS CONTINUED MELTING.

SOUTHERN SEA OF BOTHNIA ALONG THE COASTS 10-30 CM OPEN OR VERY OPEN ROTTEN ICE AND OPEN WATER. NEXT 24 HOURS CONTINUED MELTING.

SEA OF ALAND ALMOST ICE FREE.

ARCHIPELAGO SEA IN THE EASTERN MOST PART AREAS WITH 10-35 CM OPEN ROTTEN ICE. ELSE MOSTLY OPEN WATER OR ICE FREE. NEXT 24 HOURS CONTINUING MELTING.

GULF OF FINLAND IN THE FINNISH ARCHIPELAGOS EASTWARD FROM LOVISA 15-50 CM MINOR AREAS WITH ROTTEN OPEN ICE. IN VYBORG BAY 15-50 CM ROTTEN FAST OR OPEN WATER. INSIDE KOTLIN OPEN WATER, ELSE MOSTLY ICE FREE. NEXT 24 HOURS CONTINUED MELTING AND NE ICE DRIFT.

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