The Port of Helsinki has an ice breaking contract with an independent tug company, Alfons Håkans. The company will carry out ice breaking services within the port area and turning basins. Ice breaking services are mainly coordinated with Helsinki VTS.

Normally the ice breaking is carried out early in the morning before the vessels’ arrival. If a vessel arrives at night, the notification for the VTS has to be made in advance.

Also, a 2 hours notification is required before the vessel’s departure. If the vessel’s arrival or departure time changes, the VTS must be informed.

Towing, pushing and washing of ice between the vessel and the dock are not included in the normal ice breaking service, if the vessel requires these services, the vessel must order them on her own account.

Helsinki VTS center
Tel: +358 20 448 5385
VHF channel 71