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6th Gallery ~ Ice

This Gallery shows some of the spectacular and dangerous occurrences of navigation in or near ice.

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With temperatures around -25°C,in the Gulf of Bothnia, freezing fog and sea spray has coated the ship in ice.

Nature has decorated the Pulpit at the bow with unusual icicles.

"Weserstern" January 2003

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The container ship "Dalsland" following the ice channel forced by "Rheinstern" through a field of thick ice.

Here "Dalsland" and "Rheinstern" are working heavy ice together. Alternately backing off and forcing ahead, slowly progressing to the distant lead of open water

Gulf of Finland February 2003

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"Rheinstern" forcing a way through heavy ice.

Gulf of Finland March 2003

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Embarking and disembarking the St. Petersburg Pilot.

The ship has to be stopped close to the Pilot Cutter. Then it, in turn, closes the gap to transfer the pilot.

"Rheinstern" February 2003

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"Rheinstern" beset and pressed in ice.

Even though the ship was third in convoy behind an Ice Breaker the ship was stopped by the crush of moving ice. These pictures indicate the type of forces that may be inflicted upon a ships hull by pressing ice.

These blocks of ice were formed as the ice fractured and piled up against the ship's hull.

Gulf of Finland February 2003

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Passage to Norrkoping.

Broken ice in the approach channel to the Swedish port of Norrkoping.

"Rheinstern" March 2003

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Sunset and icescape in the White Sea. Nearing the end of the ice season the ice floes are interspersed with open water.

April 2003

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Ice Hole Fishing

People fishing on the ice and close to the channel of broken ice.

Riga, January 2003

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Super Ice Class tanker "Tempera". Effectively this tanker has two bows. The normal sea bow at one end and a very efficient ice breaking bow at the other. There is no rudder, propulsion and steering is achieved with azipod propellers suspended under the hull.

"Porvoo, Finland", January 2003

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Wintery morning scene near Norrkoping with cargo vessel "Svendborg" approaching the port.

"Norrkoping", February 2003

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Tanker "Weichselstern" in the approach channel to Archangel

"Archangel", St. George's Day 2003

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Iceberg off Newfoundland

"Seychelles Prelude", South Coast of Newfoundland, May 2008

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More ice accretion, this time in the Gulf of St. Lawrence which is somewhat renowned for it.

Gale force winds and an air temperature of -16°C has caused the sea spray to freeze on contact with the ship an fittings.

Before the ship can berth the crew have to remove the ice from the windlass, winches and essential fittings to make it operable.

"Glen", Gulf of St. Lawrence , January 2012

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