Icebreaking Services

     FSUE "Rosmorport" provides icebreaking assistance services to vessels in 16 freezing seaports of the Russian Federation and their approaches, and also services on icebreaking assistance to vessels in ice fields and other sea waters of the World ocean. 

     Icebreaking service in the water areas and the approaches to the freesing seaports are provide by the following branches of FSUE "Rosmorport":

     - Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch (seaports of Azov, Eysk, Rostov-on-Don and Taganrog);
     - Arkhangelsk Branch (seaports of Arkhangelsk and Kandalaksha);
     - Astrakhan Branch (seaports of Astrakhan and Olya);
     - North-Eastern Basin Branch (seaport of Vanino and Magadan);
     - North-Western Basin Branch (seaports of Big Port of Saint-Petersburg, Vyborg, Vysotsk, Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg, Primorsk, and Ust-Luga).

     The works connected to provision of icebreaking assistance to vessels in ice fields and other sea waters of the World ocean can be conducted by the following icebreakers of FSUE "Rosmorport":
     - Arkhangelsk Branch;
     - Far Eastern Basin Branch;
     - Murmansk Branch;
     - North-Western Basin Branch

     FSUE "Rosmorport" renders icebreaking services in strict compliance with the requirements of:
     - Merchant Shipping Code of the Russian Federation;
     - Rules of icebreaking assistance to vessels set by Common Rules for Navigation and Mooring of Vessels in the Seaports of the Russian Federation approved by the Ministry of Transport of Russia order dated 12.11.2021 № 395;
     - Compulsory resolutions in the corresponding seaports, and also resolutions of seaport masters and basin committees of ice operations headquarters, as far as control over the rules of icebreaking assistance to vessels in the corresponding seaports. 

     In order to conduct ice escorts of vessels FSUE “Rosmorport” uses 33 icebreakers and ice-class tugs, including

     - 23 linear icebreakers including 7 linear shallow draft icebreakers;

     - 10 auxiliary and port icebreakers and ice-class tugs.      

     Nine icebreakers of the enterprise have conventional documents, allowing them to operate international voyages.

     The combination of technical opportunities, highly qualified crews and technical experts, who operate and maintain icebreakers, and are able to solve tasks of any difficulty in that field, guarantees high quality of services rendered by FSUE "Rosmorport", which has been proved many times by the results of the works done. 

     List of the most significant events in the field of icebreaking assistance provision by FSUE "Rosmorport" 

     FSUE "Rosmorport" began its icebreaking assistance practice in the approaches and the water areas of the freezing seaports of the Russian Federation in February 2004, when the Saint-Petersburg Branch of the enterprise, which was founded in the previous year, began to provide icebreaking services in the Big Port of Saint-Petersburg Seaport with the help of the 12 diesel-electrical icebreakers secured to FSUE "Rosmorport". By the end of 2004 icebreaking services were rendered by 7 branches of the enterprise. 
     At present FSUE "Rosmorport" operates 33 icebreakers and ice-class tugs, which have been secured to the enterprise, bought at the expense of the enterprise, and constructed at the expense of budget investments or the enterprise since 2004.


     It is important to note that FSUE “Rosmorport” attaches much importance to the development of the icebreaker fleet.

     The following vessels were built at domestic shipyards under control of and in favor of the enterprise:

     - two modern icebreakers, the Moskva and the Saint-Petersburg of Project 21900 with the capacity of 16.5 MW each, were built in 2005-2009.

     - three modern icebreakers – the Vladivostok, the Murmansk and the Novorossiysk of Project 21900M with the capacity of 18 MW each were built in 2012-2016,

     - during the period from 2012 to 2020, a linear diesel icebreaker Viktor Chernomyrdin with a capacity of 25 MW,

        Those icebreakers have reinforced the enterprise’s icebreakers group in the eastern part of the Gulf of Finland.

     At present, FSUE “Rosmorport” as a building contractor takes part in implementing a project on the construction of an icebreaker with the capacity of 18 MW and two icebreakers with the capacity of 12-14 MW of Icebreaker7 class.

     Information on the number of vessels to which FSUE "Rosmorport" provided icebreaking assistance in the seaports of the Russian Federation

 Winter navigation

 Number of vessels provided with icebreaking assistance

2012-2019 ⇲







2015-2016 3,380
 2016-2017 6,322
 2017-2018  5,945
2018-2019 6,572
2019-2020 1,805
2020-2021 7,978
2021-2022 7,095
2022-2023 7,897

     Additional information on the terms and conditions of icebreaking services provided by the branches of the enterprise can be found in the corresponding sections of the website.