TALLINN – The initial amount of money earmarked for icebreaking operations during the 2018/2019 season is six million euros, spokespeople for the Maritime Administration told BNS on Monday.
When exactly the icebreaking season will start is difficult to say as it wholly depends on weather, Martin Kaarjarv, coordinator on icebreaking at the Maritime Administration, said. The amount of fuel spent meanwhile depends on the thickness of ice and the number of ships that need to be assisted.
Two icebreakers, Tarmo and Botnica, are planned to assist ships in the Gulf of Finland. The Maritime Administration's own multipurpose vessel EVA-316 will serve ships in the Gulf of Riga with a fourth vessel, Protector, as standby icebreaker for that region.
The Maritime Administration spent altogether some 8.6 million euros on icebreaking operations in the past icebreaking season.