Icebreaking Services

1. General Information
2. Information on icebreaker assistance areas
3. Procedure for icebreaking services provision

4. Statistics
5. Contacts 


     1. General Information
 
     The FSUE “Rosmorport” North-Western Basin Branch renders services on icebreaker assistance to vessels convoys and individual icebreaker assistance to vessels calling at the seaports of the Eastern part of the Gulf of Finland – Big Port Saint Petersburg, Vyborg, Vysotsk, Passenger Port Saint Petersburg, Primorsk and Ust-Luga.
     Icebreaker support is provided by using icebreakers of the North-Western Basin Branch, and, if necessary, by involving icebreakers of other organizations in case of tough ice conditions.
     The Branch icebreaker fleet consists of 16 icebreakers, charachteristics of which meet the requirements of work in ice conditions of the Baltic Sea.

 

Technical characteristics of the North-Western Basin Branch Icebreakers
Icebreaker name Register class Length, breadth, draft (m) Power (kWt) Endurance
(days)
Navigation area
Yury Lisyansky КМ*ЛЛ4 1 III 59.5
18.28
6.05
3,975 20 50 miles from coast
Ermak КМ*ЛЛ6(2) III 129.81
25.97
11.0
30,438 90 Navigation area is unlimited
Kapitan M. Izmailov КМ*ЛЛ4(1) А1 56.2
16.0
4.5
3,920 15 50 miles from coast
Kapitan Sorokin КМ*ЛЛ3(2) А2 141.44
31.11
8.5
18,270 90 Navigation area is unlimited
Moskva КМ*Icebreaker 6 2 AUT1 FF1 EPP 107.76
27.5
8.5
21,000 90 Navigation area is unlimited
Sankt-Peterburg КМ*Icebreaker 6 2 AUT1 FF1 EPP 103.4
27.5
8.5
21,000 30 Navigation area is unlimited
Ivan Kruzenshtern КМ*ЛЛ4 1 67.7
18.06
6.05
4,500 17 50 miles from coast
Kapitan Zarubin +М-СП 3,5 (icebreaker) 77.5
16.2
3.5
4,640 9 50 miles from coast
Karu КМ*ЛЛ4 2 69.29
17.4
6.9
5,520 25 Navigation area is unlimited
Semyon Dezhnyov КМ*ЛЛ4 1 68.49
18.06
6.06
4,500 17 50 miles from coast
Mudyug КМ ЛЛ4(2) А2 96.79
21.6
6.82
9,560 25 Navigation area is unlimited
Tor DNV 1A1 Icebreaker 84.5
21.2
7.13
10,120 27 Navigation area is unlimited
Kapitan Plakhin +М-СП 3,5 (ледокол) 77.5
16.2
3.5
4,640 9 50 miles from coast
Kapitan Nikolaev КМ*ЛЛ3(2) А2 129
31.11
8.5
18,270 90 Navigation area is unlimited
Vladivostok РС/KM Icebreaker6 [2] AUT1-ICS FF2 EPP ECO BWM HELIDECK Special purpose ship 119.8
27.5
8.5
27,840 31 – days in ice
70 – days in ice-free water
Unlimited
Murmansk РС/KM Icebreaker6 [2] AUT1-ICS FF2 EPP ECO BWM HELIDECK Special purpose ship 119.8
27.5
8.5
27,840 31 – days in ice
70 – days in ice-free water
Unlimited
 
     2. Information on icebreaker assistance area
 

Схема льдообразования в Финском заливе     The start and end of winter navigation in Russian seaports of the Eastern part of the Gulf of Finland is announced by the regulations of the masters of the corresponding seaports depending on ice conditions. Winter navigation in the Russian Seaports of the Eastern part of the Gulf of Finland starts from 1 December and ends on 30 April. Depending on weather conditions the terms of winter navigation may change. On average winter navigation in the Russian Seaports of the Eastern part of the Gulf of Finland lasts 120 days. 

     Icebreaker support in the seaport Big Port of St Petersburg Seaport is provided with the start of ice formation till the end of ice drift on the Neva River.

     Icebreaker support in the seaports of Vyborg and Vysotsk is provided with the start of ice formation on the Saimaa Canal till spring ice breakup on the Saimaa Canal. 

     Icebreaker support in the seaport Passenger Port Saint Petersburg is provided with the start of ice formation on Neva Bay till the end of ice drift on the Neva River.

     Icebreaker support in the seaport of Primorsk is provided with the start of ice formation on the Strait of Bjorksund till spring ice breakup.

     Icebreaker support in the seaport of Ust Luga is provided with the start of ice formation on the Luga Bay and till spring ice breakup.

     The average distance of icebreaker support for vessels, proceeding to the seaports of the Eastern part of the Gulf of Finland, is 50-150 nautical miles depending on the location of the seaport, ice conditions and the register class.

 
     3. Procedure for icebreaking services provision
 

     Icebreaker assistance to vessels in the seaports – Big Port of St Petersburg, Vyborg, Vysotsk, Passenger Port of St Petersburg, Primorsk and Ust Luga – is provided by the North-Western Basin Branch in accordance with the decisions of the Basin Commission for Icebreaker assistance to vessels organization in the seaports of the Eastern part of the Gulf of Finland and on the approaches to them, headed by the captain of the seaport Big Port of Saint Petersburg and taking into account the requirements of:

     - Compulsory Regulations in the seaport Big Port of Saint Petersburg approved by Order No. 311 of the Russian Ministry of Transport dated 12.12.2011, regarding organization of vessels navigation in ice in the seaport Big Port of Saint Petersburg;

     - Compulsory Regulations in the seaport of Vyborg approved by Order No. 432 of the Russian Ministry of Transport dated 13.12.2012, regarding organization of vessels navigation in ice in the seaport of Vyborg and transiting through the Saimaa Canal;

     - Compulsory Regulations in the seaport of Vysotsk approved by Order No. 161 of the Russian Ministry of Transport dated 05.05.2015, regarding organization of vessels navigation in ice in the seaport of Vysotsk and transiting through the Saimaa Canal;

     - Compulsory Regulations in the seaport Passenger Port of Saint Petersburg approved by Order No. 380, of the Russian Ministry of Transport dated 19.10.2012, regarding organization of vessels navigation in ice in the seaport Passenger Port of Saint Petersburg;

     - Compulsory Regulations in the seaport of Primorsk approved by Order No. 5 of the Russian Ministry of Transport dated 15.01.2013, regarding organization of vessels navigation in ice in the seaport of Primorsk;

     - Compulsory Regulations in the seaport of Ust-Luga approved by Order No. 6 of the Russian Ministry of Transport dated 15.01.2013 , regarding organization of vessels navigation in ice in the seaport of Ust-Luga.
 
     Basin Commission for Icebreaker assistance to vessels organization in the seaports of the Eastern part of the Gulf of Finland and on the approaches to them is established under FSBE “Baltic Seaports Administration”. The commission operates in accordance with provision on it approved by the captain of the seaport Big Port Saint Petersburg Seaport (Order of the Head of the Federal State Budgetary Institution “AMP of the Baltic Sea” No 15 of 21 January 2015 “On approval of Regulations of the Basin Commission for arrangement of ice escorts of ships in the Russian seaports in the Baltic Sea and their approaches” and Order of the Head of the Federal State Budgetary Institution “AMP of the Baltic Sea” No 88-OD of 24.10.2017 “On the Basin Commission for arrangement of ice escorts of ships in the Russian seaports in the Baltic Sea and their approaches”, and performs prompt work on recommendations development for icebreaker assistance to vessels organization, establishing navigational discipline and for other issues on ensuring safety of navigation in ice conditions before the start of winter navigation.

     Taking into account the resolutions developed by the Basin Commission, the masters of seaports issue necessary orders for the respective seaports regarding introduction of restrictions in ice navigation for vessels in the water areas of seaports and on the approaches to them that shall be published on the FSBI “Baltic Sea Administration” official website.  
 
     Procedure of provision of Icebreaking services in the seaports Big Port of Saint Petersburg and Passenger Port of Saint Petersburg
 
     Icebreaker support of vessels proceeding to/from the seaport Big Port of Saint Petersburg or Passenger Port of Saint Petersburg is provided by the North-Western Basin Branch icebreakers by vessel navigation in the icebreaker convoy from/to the Convoy Meeting Point (hereinafter - the CMP) from/to the borders of the Inner water area of the seaport Big Port of Saint Petersburg. If it is impossible to navigate in the icebreaker convoy, the vessel can request individual icebreaker support, which is provided by the North-Western Basin Branch at availability of icebreakers free from icebreaker escort of convoys.
     Information on vessel approaching the CMP is reported via web interface “Information Coordination Center of State Port Control: Registration of Vessel Port Calls and Departures from the Seaports of the Russian Federation” at the following url: www.portcall.marinet.ru 72 hours before the expected CMT approaching and shall be confirmed 24 hours before the expected approach.
     Time and order in which vessels move through ice, as well as the number of vessels, are determined by the captain of the seaport Big Port Saint Petersburg as of 10 a.m. every 24 hours and published on FBSI “Baltic Seaports Administration” website. At complication of ice conditions and if it is necessary to make changes, the time and order of vessels moving through ice are clarified as of 08:00 p.m. of current day and then published on the website.
     Depending on the forecasted ice situation in the water area of the seaport Big Port Saint Petersburg or Passenger Port Saint Petersburg the captain of the respective seaport imposes restrictions on the regime of ice navigation in accordance with the provisions of the Compulsory Regulations in the seaport Big Port Saint Petersburg and the Compulsory Regulations in the seaport of Passenger Port Saint Petersburg. Information on the ice navigation restrictions and the CMP location is published on website: www.pasp.ru not later than 14 days before the expected date for restrictions for ice navigation imposition and the CMP location. 
     The convoy is formed by the captain of the seaport Big Port of Saint Petersburg and Passenger Port of Saint Petersburg based on:

          - time of vessel's approach to the Convoy Meeting Point (hereinafter – the CMP)

          - time of receipt of application for call at the seaport Big Port of Saint Petersburg or departure from the relevant seaport;
          - vessel movement priority;
          - restrictions in ice navigation for vessels.
     Applications for including vessels in the convoy for icebreaker support with specifying the time of vessel approach to the CMP or its readiness for departing the seaport Big Port of Saint Petersburg or Passenger Port of Saint Petersburg are transferred to the captain of the seaport by the Internet: www.portcall.marinet.ru. Information on vessel approach to the CMP is reported 72 hours before the expected approach to the CMP and confirmed 24 hours before the expected approach.
     Vessels heading for the seaport Big Port Saint Petersburg or Passenger Port Saint Petersburg approach the CMP in compliance with recommendations given by Coastal VTS.
     At approaching the CMP, vessel establish radio contact with icebreaker of the North-Western Basin Branch on 9 and 12 VHF channel (call sign – the name of icebreaker forming convoy) and then operates in accordance with the instructions of the icebreaker’s master. If the necessity arises, Coastal VTS or the Big Port Saint Petersburg VTS, depending on vessel's location, provides aid for establishing radio contact with icebreaker.
     Vessels having approached Saint Petersburg Entrance Buoy No. 1 from the West, wait for the convoy formation for proceeding to the seaport to the south from axis of fairway No. 1 in accordance with the recommendations of the Big Port Saint Petersburg VTS.
     Vessels departing from the seaport Big Port Saint Petersburg or Passenger Port Saint Petersburg shall wait for convoy formation for proceeding to the West to the north from axis of fairway No. 1 in accordance with the recommendations of the Big Port Saint Petersburg VTS
     Under the escorting icebreaker captain's order, vessels included in the convoy change to VHF radio channels and give information on dimensions, draft, power of main vessel engines, register ice class of the vessel and information on loading of the vessel (vessel is light or loaded), as well as information on main engine maneuvering in manual mode possibility, to the captain.
     Fueling, food and water reserves on the vessel should ensure vessel endurance no less than 14 days from the moment of vessel's approach to the CMP for proceeding to the seaport Big Port Saint Petersburg or Passenger Port Saint Petersburg. If the vessel remains in the icebreaker asssistance area for more than 14 days from the moment of vessel's approach to CMP, the captain of the seaport Big Port Saint Petersburg takes urgent measures for the escort of vessel to seaport.
     Due to the real ice situation in the water area of the seaport Big Port Saint Petersburg and the technical characteristics of vessels, the vessels can proceed to/from the seaport Big Port Saint Petersburg independently in accordance with the recommendations of Coastal VTS or the Big Port Saint Petersburg VTS. Vessels, proceeding independently must inform VTS, in the coverage area of which they navigate, about passage of control points of the recommended route and report on the ice situation on the route.
 
     For the provision of North-Western Basin Branch icebreaking services for vessels escort to/from the seaport Big Port Saint Petersburg or Passenger Port Saint Petersburg icebreaker dues are charged. Information about the rates of icebreaker dues in seaports Big Port Saint Petersburg and Passenger Port Saint Petersburg can be found in section “Harbor Dues and Tariffs of the North-Western Basin Branch”.
 
     Procedure of provision of icebreaking services in the seaports of Vyborg and Vysotsk
 
     Icebreaker assistance to vessels proceeding to/from the seaport of Vyborg or Vysotsk is carried out by the North-Western Basin Branch linear or port icebreakers by vessels proceeding in icebreaker convoy to/from Vysotsky Gates, if the vessel is heading for the seaport of Vysotsk; or Pilot buoy (coordinates: latitude 60º34,5´N  longitude=28º24,5´E), if the vessel is heading for the seaport of Vyborg; or "Brusnichnoe" flood gate, if vessel is transiting through the Saimaa canal. In case of impossibility to navigate in icebreaker convoy, the vessel can request individual icebreaker support rendered by the North-Western Basin Branch if icebreakers not performing escorts of convoys are available.

      Information on vessel approaching the CMP is reported via web interface “Information Coordination Center of State Port Control: Registration of Vessel Port Calls and Departures from the Seaports of the Russian Federation” at the following url: www.portcall.marinet.ru 72 hours before the expected CMT approaching and shall be confirmed 24 hours before the expected approach.

     Time and order of vessels moving through ice, as well as the number of vessels, are determined by the captain of the seaport of Vyborg as of 10 a.m. every 24 hours and published on FBSI “Baltic Seaports Administration” website. At complication of ice conditions and if it is necessary to make changes, the time and the order of vessels moving through ice are clarified as of 08:00 p.m. of current day and then published on the website.

     Depending on the forecasted ice situation in the water area of the seaport of Vyborg or Vysotsk,  the captain of the respective seaport imposes restrictions on the regime of ice navigation in accordance with the provisions of the Compulsory Regulations in the seaport of Vyborg and the Compulsory Regulations in the seaport of Vysotsk. Information on the ice navigation restrictions and the CMP location is published on website of FSBI “Baltic Sea Administration”  not later than 14 days before the expected date for restrictions for ice navigation imposition and the CMP location.
     The convoy is formed by the captain of the seaport the seaport of Vyborg based on:

          - time of vessel's approach to the Convoy Meeting Point (hereinafter – the CMP)

          - time of receipt of application for call at the seaport of Vyborg or Vysotsk or departure from the relevant seaport;

          - vessel movement priority;
          - restrictions in ice navigation for vessels.

     Applications for including vessels in the convoy for icebreaker support with specifying the time of vessel approach to the CMP or its readiness for departing seaport of Vyborg or Vysotsk are transferred to the captain of the seaport by the Internet: www.portcall.marinet.ru. Information on vessel approach to the CMP is reported 72 hours before the expected approach to the CMP and confirmed 24 hours before the expected approach.

     Vessels heading for the seaport of Vyborg or Vysotsk approach the CMP in compliance with recommendations given by the seaport of Vysotsk VTS.
     At approaching the CMP, the vessel establishes radio contact with icebreaker of the North-Western Basin Branch on 12 and 69 VHF channel (call sign – the name of icebreaker forming convoy) and then operates in accordance with the instructions of the icebreaker’s captain. If the necessity arises, the seaport of Vysotsk VTS, depending on vessel's location, provides aid for establishing radio contact with icebreaker.
    Under the escorting icebreaker captain’s order, vessels included in the convoy change to VHF radio channels and give information on dimensions, draft, power of main vessel engines, register ice class of the vessel and information on loading of the vessel (vessel is light or loaded), as well as information on main engine maneuvering in manual mode possibility to the captain.
     Fueling, food and water reserves on the vessel should ensure vessel endurance no less than 14 days from the moment of vessel's approach to the CMP for proceeding to the seaport of Vyborg or Vysotsk. If the vessel remains in the icebreaker assistance area for more than 14 days the moment of vessel's approach to the CMP, the captains of the seaports of Vyborg and Vysotsk take urgent measures to escort the vessel to the seaport.
     Due to the real ice situation in the water area of the seaports of Vyborg and Vysotsk, and the technical characteristics of vessels, the vessels can proceed to/from seaports of Vyborg and Vysotsk  independently in accordance with the recommendations of seaport of Vysotsk VTS. Vessels, proceeding independently must inform the VTS, in the coverage area of which they navigate, about passage of control points of the recommended route and report on the ice situation on the route.
 
     For the provision of North-Western Basin Branch icebreaking services for vessels escort to / from the seaport of Vyborg of Vysotsk  icebreaker dues are charged. Information about the rates of icebreaker dues in seaports of Vyborg or Vysotsk can be found in section “Harbor Dues and Tariffs of the North-Western Basin Branch”.
 
     Procedure of provision of icebreaking services in the seaport of Primorsk
 
     Icebreaker support of vessels proceeding to/from the seaport of Primorsk is provided by the North-Western Basin Branch icebreakers by vessel navigation in the icebreaker convoy from/to the CMP from/to the berths of the seaport of Primorsk. If it is impossible to navigate in the icebreaker convoy, the vessel can request individual icebreaker support, which is provided by the North-Western Basin Branch at availability of icebreakers free from icebreaker escort of convoys.

     Information on vessel approaching the CMP is reported via web interface “Information Coordination Center of State Port Control: Registration of Vessel Port Calls and Departures from the Seaports of the Russian Federation” at the following url: www.portcall.marinet.ru 72 hours before the expected CMT approaching and shall be confirmed 24 hours before the expected approach.

     Time and order of vessels moving through ice, as well as the number of vessels, are determined by the captain of the seaport of Primorsk as of 10 a.m. every 24 hours and published on FBSI “Baltic Seaports Administration” website. At complication of ice conditions and if it is necessary to make changes, the time and the order of vessels moving through ice are clarified as of 08:00 p.m. of current day and then published on the website.

     Depending on the forecasted ice situation in the water area of the seaport Primorsk,  the captain of the respective seaport imposes restrictions on the regime of ice navigation in accordance with the provisions of the Compulsory Regulations in the seaport of Primorsk Information on the ice navigation restrictions and the CMP location is published on website of FSBI “Baltic Sea Administration”  not later than 14 days before the expected date for restrictions for ice navigation imposition and the CMP location.

     The convoy is formed by the captain of the seaport of Primorsk based on:

          - time of vessel's approach to the Convoy Meeting Point (hereinafter – the CMP)

          - time of receipt of application for call at the seaport of Primorsk or departure from the relevant seaport;
          - vessel movement priority;
          - restrictions in ice navigation for vessels.

     Applications for including vessels in the convoy for icebreaker support with specifying the time of vessel approach to the CMP or its readiness for departing from the seaport of Primorsk are transferred to the captain of the seaport by the Internet: www.portcall.marinet.ru. Information on vessel approach to the CMP is reported 72 hours before the expected approach to the CMP and confirmed 24 hours before the expected approach.

     Vessels heading for the seaport of Primorsk approach the CMP in compliance with recommendations given by the seaport of Primorsk VTS.
     At approaching the CMP, vessel establish radio contact with icebreaker of the North-Western Basin Branch on 16 and 68 VHF channel (call sign – the name of icebreaker forming convoy) and then operates in accordance with the instructions of the icebreaker’s captain. If the necessity arises, the seaport of Primorsk VTS, depending on vessel's location, provides aid for establishing radio contact with icebreaker.
     Under the escorting icebreaker captain’s order, vessels included in the convoy change to VHF radio channels and give information on dimensions, draft, power of main vessel engines, register ice class of the vessel and information on loading of the vessel (vessel is light or loaded), as well as information on main engine maneuvering in manual mode possibility to the captain.
     Fueling, food and water reserves on the vessel should ensure vessel endurance no less than 14 days from the moment of vessel's approach to the CMP for proceeding to the seaport of Primorsk. If the vessel remains in the icebreaker assistance area for more than 14 days from the moment of vessel's approach to the CMP, the captain of the seaport of Primorsk takes urgent measures for vessel's escort to the seaport.

     Icebreaking support of vessels is carried out by the North-Western Basin Branch on the fairway No. 5a or recommended routes No. 1 and No. 2.
     Due to the real ice situation in the water area of the seaport of Primorsk and the technical characteristics of vessels, the vessels can proceed to/from seaport of Primorsk  independently in accordance with the recommendations of seaport of Primorsk VTS. Vessels, proceeding independently must inform VTS, in the coverage area of which they navigate, about passage of control points of the recommended route and report on the ice situation on the route.
 
     For the provision of North-Western Basin Branch icebreaking services for vessels escort to/from the seaport of Primorsk  icebreaker dues are charged. Information about the rates of icebreaker dues in seaport of Primorsk can be found in section “Harbor Dues and Tariffs of the North-Western Basin Branch”.
 
     Procedure of provision of icebreaking services in the seaport of Ust-Luga
 
     Icebreaker support of vessels proceeding to/from the seaport of Ust-Luga is provided by the North-Western Basin Branch icebreakers by vessel navigation in the icebreaker convoy from/to the CMP from/to the berths of the seaport of Ust-Luga. If it is impossible to navigate in the icebreaker convoy, the vessel can request individual icebreaker support, which is provided by the North-Western Basin Branch at availability of icebreakers free from icebreaker escort of convoys.

     Information on vessel approaching the CMP is reported via web interface “Information Coordination Center of State Port Control: Registration of Vessel Port Calls and Departures from the Seaports of the Russian Federation” at the following url: www.portcall.marinet.ru 72 hours before the expected CMT approaching and shall be confirmed 24 hours before the expected approach.

     Time and order of vessels moving through ice, as well as the number of vessels, are determined by the captain of the seaport of Ust-Luga as of 10 a.m. every 24 hours and published on FBSI “Baltic Seaports Administration” website. At complication of ice conditions and if it is necessary to make changes, the time and the order of vessels moving through ice are clarified as of 08:00 p.m. of current day and then published on the website.
     Depending on the forecasted ice situation in the water area of the seaport of Ust-Luga,  the captain of the respective seaport imposes restrictions on the regime of ice navigation in accordance with the provisions of the Compulsory Regulations in the seaport of Ust-Luga. Information on the ice navigation restrictions and the CMP location is published on website of FSBI “Baltic Sea Administration”  not later than 14 days before the expected date for restrictions for ice navigation imposition and the CMP location.
     The convoy is formed by the captain of the seaport of Ust-Luga based on:

          - time of vessel's approach to the Convoy Meeting Point (hereinafter – the CMP)$

          - time of receipt of application for call at the seaport of Ust-Luga or departure from the relevant seaport;
          - vessel movement priority;
          - restrictions in ice navigation for vessels.

     Applications for including vessels in the convoy for icebreaker support with specifying the time of vessel approach to the CMP or its readiness for departing from the seaport of Ust-Luga are transferred to the captain of the seaport by the Internet: www.portcall.marinet.ru. Information on vessel approach to the CMP is reported 72 hours before the expected approach to the CMP and confirmed 24 hours before the expected approach.

     Vessels heading for the seaport of Ust-Luga approach the CMP in compliance with recommendations given by the seaport of Ust-Luga VTS.
     At approaching the CMP, the vessel establishes radio contact with icebreaker of the North-Western Basin Branch on 16 and 68 VHF channel (call sign – the name of icebreaker forming convoy) and then operates in accordance with the instructions of the icebreaker’s captain. If the necessity arises, the seaport of Ust-Luga VTS, depending on vessel's location, provides aid for establishing radio contact with icebreaker.
    Under the escorting icebreaker captain’s order, vessels included in the convoy change to VHF radio channels and give information on dimensions, draft, power of main vessel engines, register class and information on loading of the vessel (vessel is light or loaded), as well as information on main engine maneuvering in manual mode possibility to the captain.

     Fueling, food and water reserves on the vessel should ensure vessel endurance no less than 14 days from the moment of vessel's approach to the CMP for proceeding to the seaport of Ust-Luga. If the vessel remains in the icebreaker assistance area for more than 14 days from the moment of vessel's approach to the CMP the captain of the seaport of Ust-Luga take urgent measures for vessel pilotage.

     Due to the real ice situation in the water area of the seaport of Ust-Luga and the technical characteristics of vessels, the vessels can procees to/from seaport of Ust-Luga  independently in accordance with the recommendations of seaport of Ust-Luga VTS. Vessels, proceeding independently must inform VTS, in the coverage area of which they navigate, about passage of control points of the recommended route and report on the ice situation on the route.
 
     For the provision of North-Western Basin Branch icebreaking services for vessels escort to / from the seaport of Ust-Luga  icebreaker dues are charged. Information about the rates of icebreaker dues in seaport of Ust-Luga can be found in section “Harbor Dues and Tariffs of the North-Western Basin Branch”.
 
     Procedure for provision of additional icebreaking services
 
     Pursuant to the Regulations on Individual Icebreaker Support for Vessels by the FSUE “Rosmorport” North-Western Basin Branch in Russian Seaports of the Eastern Part of the Gulf of Finland in Winter Navigation, that were approved by the North-Western Basin Branch under Order No. 1399 dated December 31, 2015 if technically feasible the North-Western Basin Branch provides additional individual icebreaker support for vessels moving to the seaports of Big Port Saint Petersburg and the Passenger Port of Saint Petersburg, Vyborg, Vysotsk and Ust-Luga, including the cases in which the vessel is unable to move to the convoy meeting point by itself or escorted by convoy. The services are provided on grounds of a request given by a shipowner/a marine agent after receiving a written approval by the captain of the seaport of Big Port Saint Petersburg.   
          In order to receive the written approval by the captain of the seaport of Big Port Saint Petersburg for individual icebreaker support of vessels, the customer sends a request to the captain of the seaport of Big Port Saint Petersburg by fax: +7 (812) 327-40-50. After receiving the written approval by the captain of the seaport of Big Port Saint Petersburg, the customer gives a request to the dispatcher office of the North-Western Basin Branch by fax: +7 (812) 324-21-91 or its scan by email: dispetcherspb@spb.rosmorport.ru 24 hours before planned individual icebreaker support for a vessel. The request will be considered within two hours and if no technical restrictions are revealed to render the requested services, an icebreaker of the North-Western Basin Branch heads for the location area of the vessel. 

     Individual icebreaker support starts when the icebreaker proceeds from its location area to the vessel subject to icebreaker support. Individual icebreaker support ends when on a joint decision taken by the captain of the icebreaker and the captain of the escorted vessel the icebreaker finishes icebreaker support. The starting time and the completion time, the suspension and the continuing time, as well as all issues related to it are marked in the vessel's log of the icebreaker and the escorted vessel. The time of providing individual icebreaker support includes the time of icebreaker passage from its location area to the vessel subject to icebreaker support, the time for preparing the vessel for individual icebreaker support (scabbling, turning, tug winding up if required etc.), the time of direct icebreaker support to the location area specified in the request, the time of icebreaker moving to the area determined by the Basin Commission.
     An icebreaker captain, who determines individual support, takes a decision on means (back of the vessel hull, under tow, back of an icebreaker in the convoy of another icebreaker etc.) and the route of individual icebreaker support. 
     Individual icebreaker support can be suspended (temporarily stopped) with its following renewal:

          - to render aid to vessels, which are entrapped en route of icebreaker support, without any restrictions;

          - to render aid to vessels, which are dangerously drifting in direct proximity to reported dangers;

          - to carry out rescue operations;

          - if further work is ineffective due to the ice situation and the weather conditions, there is no progress en route of support and it is necessary to wait for favorable weather conditions or a more powerful icebreaker to continue individual icebreaker support;

          - on the instruction of the Basin Commission to carry out other works as not referenced above.
     The captain of the icebreaker can suspend (finish) individual support at the request of the captain of the escorted vessel with the respective record in the vessel's log. The stop and abandon of the vessel in this area en route of vessel support must be carried out if this does not threaten safety of the vessel, the cargo and the crew. If an icebreaker must stand in the area of vessel moorage at the request of the captain of the escorted vessel the icebreaker's actions are treated as individual icebreaker support has been provided.

     If the escorted vessel stopped to fix technical malfunctions, the icebreaker can be recalled and after malfunctions are fixed individual support will be renewed.

     Depending on the ice situation and the weather conditions in the separate section of the icebreaker support route, a decision can be taken to allow vessels to move on the recommended route by themselves with restrictions or if a convoy, including vessels with restrictions by the ice class and draft, is formed. In this case vessel support is provided on common basis.
     After the vessel escort to the destination area is ended the captain of an icebreaker sends a telegram or a fax to the dispatcher office of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise “Rosmorport” North-Western Basin Branch through “Saint Petersburg Radio-1” to report on the time of individual icebreaker support and to confirm the start, the end, the interruption period, and the renewal of individual icebreaker support.

     Based on received information the dispatcher office of the North-Western Basin Branch makes up a completion certificate of rendered services on individual icebreaker support within one working day from the date of ending individual icebreaker support. The act is signed by the customer. On grounds of the signed completion certificate of rendered services the North-Western Basin Branch draws up an invoice that the customer shall pay within 5 bank days from the date of receiving the invoice. 
 

   In case of captains' failure to provide the necessary information with confirmation of time parameters of escort within 12 hours from the end of icebreaker assistance, the confirmation shall be considered information of the icebreaker captain. On the basis of icebreaker captain's information a completion certificate of rendered services for individual icebreaker assistance is prepared, which shall be signed by the customer. On the basis of the signed completion certificate of rendered services, the North-Western Basin Branch issues invoice to the customer, which shall be paid within 5 bank days from the date of invoice receipt.

 

     Information on the North-Western Basin Branch tariffs for providing individual icebreaker support is given in the section “Harbor Dues and Tariffs of North-Western Basin Branch”.

     4. Statistics

     Information on the number of vessels called at the Russian seaports of the eastern part of the Gulf of Finland that were escorted by the North-Western Basin Branch icebreakers.

Winter navigation Number of vessels escorted by icebreakers, units
Big Port Saint-Petersburg and Passenger Port Saint-Petersburg Vyborg and Vysotsk Primorsk Ust-Luga
2009-2010 956 486 933 250
2010-2011 1 033 395 895 315
2011-2012 1 120 299 730 370
2012-2013 308 232 88 22
2013-2014 344 266 100 23
2014-2015 684 220 108 1
2015-2016 628 111 23 8

2016-2017

1 362

503

322

175


      Information on the average duration of the North-Western Basin Branch icebreakers escort of vessels called at the Russian seaports of the eastern part of the Gulf of Finland.
Winter navigation Average duration of icebreaker escorts, sea miles

Big Port Saint-Petersburg and Passenger Port Saint-Petersburg
 

Vyborg and Vysotsk Primorsk Ust-Luga
2009-2010 144 75 79 73
2010-2011 165 83 88 81
2011-2012 150 76 77 73
2012-2013 120 75 75 73
2013-2014 100 75 60 50
2014-2015 67 75 22 2
2015-2016 65 75 22 5

2016-2017

67

75

23

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     5. Contacts

     For more information on the procedure for providing icebreaker support by the North-Western Basin Branch please call the dispatcher office of the North-Western Basin Branch by phone:

     +7 (812) 380-70-33 (round-the-clock)

     or send a request by fax: +7 (812) 327-41-54 or by e-mail DispetcherSPb@spb.rosmorport.ru
 


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