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Feature Date: March 6 2010

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"The Prisoners of Bothnia"

On The Scene In The Gulf Between Finland & Sweden

March 6 2010

The Gulf of Bothnia - In Better Summer Days

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The Date: March 3, 4 & 5 2010

The Time: 24 Hrs. of Cold Each Day

The Place: In The Bay of Bothnia

At The Upper Half of The Baltic Sea, The Bay of Bothnia Is A Vital Shipping Lane Separating Finland & Sweden

Ice Is Common In The Bay of Bothnia, But The Winter of 2010 Has Paralyzed This Area

March 4, 2010 -- Ice Restricts Both The Bay of Bothnia and The Gulf of Finland

The Gulf of Bothnia is 725 km (450 mi) long, 80-240 km (50-150 mi) wide and has an average depth of 60 m (200 ft, 33 fathoms).

The maximum depth is 295 m (965 ft, 161 fathoms). The surface area is 117,000 km? (45,200 sq mi).

The 15,000 GRT Ferry M/V Nordlandia Was Trapped In Pack Ice For Several Hours On A trip Between Helsinki & Tallinn In Late January 2010

Conditions Since January Have Worsened

Conditions Are Grim. Photo Is Taken From The M/T Bit Oktania As She Tries To Make Way In The Ice -- March 3 2010

Tanker M/T Kulsa -- One of Over 50 Vessels Frozen In The Gulf of Bothnia. Where Are The Icebreakers?

AIS Map For Gulf of Bothnia -- Diamond-Shaped Symbols Are vessels Not Moving -- Frozen In Ice. Where Are The Icebreakers?

Kokkola Is In The Upper Right, On The Gulf of Bothnia

 Riding On Frozen Waves In The Gulf of Bothnia
March 3, 2010

"March 3 around midday UTC I got a call by Skype from one of the readers of Maritime Bulletin, who's now on board of a tanker stuck in ice in Gulf of Bothnia. He told me, that though he doesn't consider situation critical, it's rather serious. Many vessels drift stuck in ice fields near Kokkola port, waiting for icebreakers. Icebreaker Urho trying to get to coaster M/V Skagenbank (IMO 9313864 Flag Netherlands DWT 4500) who's dangerously close to shallow waters. Strong wind, drift speed about 1 mile per hour. He sent me several interesting photos."

Voytenko Mikhail

Publisher -- The Maritime Bulletin

Correspondent -- The Cargo Letter

Tanker M/T Foordstraum Is Trapped. Where Are The Icebreakers?

AIS Map For Lower Gulf of Bothnia -- Diamond-Shaped Symbols Are vessels Not Moving -- Frozen In Ice.

Ferries M/V Amorella & M/V Finnfellow Collided Under The Pressure of Ice On March 4. The Picture Was taken By A Passenger On M/V Amorella.

M/V Finnfellow Reached Stockholm, No Damages.

From The Cargo Letter -

Over 30 vessels were reported stuck in ice that formed heavily in the Baltic Sea off the coasts of Sweden and Finland on Mar. 4. The vessels were stranded until the ice was cut away on Mar. 5. Gale force winds prevented ice breakers from clearing the way, according to the Swedish Maritime Administration. There was never any danger for the safety of the vessels. One of the ships, the Viking Line's M/V Amorella, had 943 passengers on board. Two ships, M/V Finnfellow and M/V Amorella, suffered minor collision with one another. The affected vessels reportedly largely ignored warnings about the icy conditions issued by the Swedish Maritime Administration. [From our Moscow Correspondent Mike Voitenko, 6-3-10]

The Trapped Ferries

M/V Finnfellow -- IMO 9145164 Flag Sweden GT 33769

M/V Amorella -- IMO 8601915 Flag Aland GT 34384

Not Pictured:

M/V Isabella -- IMO 8700723 Flag Aland GT 34386;

M/V Regal Star -- IMO 9087116 Flag Estonia GT 15281

A Prisoner of Bothnia

From The Cargo Letter -

34,384-gt ferry M/V Amorella (IMO 8601915), with 699 passengers, was in collision with M/V Finnfellow (IMO 9145164) off Nörrtälje, Sweden, on Mar. 4. [From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen, 6-3-10]
The Ferry M/V Silja Serenade Pushed Slowly Through Packed Ice Toward Stockholm On March 5 Morning.

Master of Tanker M/T Bit Oktania Asks The Question: Where Are The Bloody Icebreakers?

Here Are The Icebreakers!

Icebreaker Frej Arrives To Begin The Clearing

Icebreakers struggled through March 4 night to get vessels detached from the ice. The situation was difficult in other areas as well, with more than 50 vessels waiting for the help of icebreakers in different parts of the Gulf of Bothnia, according to a story in the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter , quoting Swedish maritime officials.

On March 4, the cold weather and strong wind combined to form areas of thick packed ice, and a total of eight vessels got stuck, including the large Viking Line car ferries Isabella and Amorella, with close to 2,000 passengers combined.

Getting stuck in packed ice can be serious for a passenger vessel, as there is a danger that the moving ice might push it against rocks on the sea bottom which might puncture the hull.

The situation on board M/V Isabella, was described as calm. One of the passengers told said those on board were offered free meals.

 When the announcement was made that the ship was stuck in ice, children on board reportedly started to clap and cheer.

Although the situation is improving both Viking Line and Silja Line, which operate passenger services between Finland and Sweden, expect further delays. Some departures have been canceled.

Icebreaker Urho On Station And Beginning To Free The Trapped Vessels.

The Worst Is Now Over In The Gulf of Bothnia

March 5

Report from Sweden tanker M/T Bit Oktania March 5 02-00 UTC, via Skype: March 4 close to night wind strengthened up to 20 meters/sec, it was rather unpleasant and sometimes felt like crucial, but later at night wind quieted down, now it's calm. We're off Kokkola, Finnish coast Gulf of BothniaI, with some 20 vessels around stuck in ice and waiting for icebreakers. Icebreaker Fennica took us further to sea as we were too close to shallows, icebreaker was leading the way and cleaning channel with water jets, looked very impressive and effective. Coaster M/V Reymar Master told us on VHF that yesterday night ice was hummocking and nearly clogging upper deck. Fennica was real busy towing coasters further to sea. Four icebreakers in our area - Urho, Atle, Fennica, Frej. Now we're proceeding with Atle leading the way. Yesterday tried to move by ourselves, made 6 miles in 12 hours.

Voytenko Mikhail

Publisher -- The Maritime Bulletin

Correspondent -- The Cargo Letter

The Science:

A layer of salty water with little oxygen is forming at the bottom of the Baltic Sea. As a result, oxygen-free areas could appear in the deepest parts of the sea, releasing nutrients into the water.

These observations were made on the annual winter voyage of the marine research vessel Aranda in the northern part of the Baltic Sea. The findings from the voyage were released on Tuesday, on the eve of the Baltic Sea Action Summit, which opened in Helsinki March 3, 2010.

 "In several years the situation in the Gulf of Finland has been good because the layers have been mixed up. The bottom has mostly had oxygen and then the sediment is able to bind phosphorous well", says special researcher Juha Flinkman of the Finnish Environment Institute, who was also the head of the voyage.

When phosphorous enters the sea water, it spurs the growth of algae.

Salty water has flowed into the Gulf of Finland, because a high pressure system, which has prevailed since late December, and northerly and easterly winds, have pushed surface water toward the southern part of the Baltic.

"In winters when there is little ice, wind energy can be all that is needed to mix up the layers of water in the Gulf of Finland. Now the ice cover has been solid in a very wide area, which can influence the situation", Flinkman says.

 None of the feared Mnemiopsis leidyi comb jellies, which have been seen as a threat to fish stocks in the Baltic, were to be found in the northern part of the Baltic. However, there were plenty of Mertensia ovum, their harmless relatives.

Measurements taken on the Aranda indicate that the phosphate levels in the water at the surface of the Gulf of Finland is higher than they were last winter. The nutrient situation in the Gulf of Bothnia is about the same as it was a year earlier. Further north, in the Bay of Bothnia, the nitrate content had grown somewhat.

Flinkman says that the amount of phosphates in the surface layer correlates to a degree with the blue-green algae situation in the coming summer.

"Many other factors also affect it, but the keys are there for a situation that is worse than last year", Flinkman says.

 In none of the measurements did the nitrogen content of the northern Baltic Sea fall below the target set by the Commission for the Protection of the Baltic Sea Environment (HELCOM).

The Baltic Sea Action Summit takes place in Helsinki March 3. Juha Flinkman says that he hopes that there would be "at least something more than just talk".

Juha-Markkuk Leppänen, head of research at the Finnish Environment Institute, lists reducing eutrophication, cutting back on toxic substances, and improved safety of maritime transport - particularly that of oil - as important goals for the summit.

 Riding On Frozen Waves In The Gulf of Bothnia

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Voytenko Mikhail
Publisher -- The Maritime Bulletin

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