Translation of Directive No. 1-1-1/28-OP of 20 February 2018
Icebreaking Activities in Gulf of Finland
On the basis of subsection 5¹ of § 45 of the Maritime Safety Act, and of Regulation No. 265 of the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications of 23 December 2003 “Procedure for Icebreaking Activities”, and due to the ice conditions in the eastern part of the Gulf of Finland in the vicinity of the Port of Sillamäe, the Director General of the Estonian Maritime Administration has established 21 February 2018 as the date for the beginning of the winter navigation season in the Gulf of Finland in the area of the ports of Kunda and Sillamäe.
As of 01 March 2018, 00:00 hrs, all ships entering or leaving the Port of Sillamäe and assisted by an icebreaker are required to have ice class no less than 1D (Lloyd’s Register) or an equivalent ice class given by other classification societies, and to have engine power no less than 1200 kW. Barges towed by tugboats will not be given icebreaker assistance.
This information will be published in Notices to Mariners, on the MA website, and transmitted via NAVTEX.