Winter Conditions

Winter Conditions for Standard Supplier and Standard Princess

By Kirsty Fletcher-Reid on 04 Feb 2019

Fletcher vessels Standard Supplier and Standard Princess have been working for a client over the past four months across in the Baltic Sea.

 

Operating from a Port on the Finnish Coast, the vessels have had to endure colder climates than they are used to during the winter months. Whilst our vessels and crew are accustomed to the harsh weather conditions expected from the North Sea, the Baltic has proved to be highly varied in its ice conditions, lending well to the vessel's Ice Class notations.

 

The Baltic in mid-winter experiences ice formation along its coasts in the inner Gulf of Finland, thereafter the freezing can spread to the open bays and far along the coastline, causing the sea to have partial ice cover and creating difficult working conditions for vessels operating in the area.

 

To enable the vessels to work in such conditions, both the Standard Supplier and Princess have the ICE (1B) notation which means they are capable of navigating in moderate ice conditions, up to medium first year ice which can get to approximately 30-50cm thick. In addition, their DEICE notation has them classed to operate down to -30 degrees. 

 

As temperatures plummet to well below freezing, the sea spray can also cause issues as it begins to freeze on areas of the deck and railings. To mitigate this, the vessels are equipped with Ice Accretion Prevention Systems which helps to prevent the ice build-up which would otherwise cause an unsafe environment for the deck crew to operate in. Unfortunately, we don't have a similar solution for cold crew...other than our extreme weather gear which everyone on board is equipped with!

 

Although the weather may have been frosty, it certainly made for some exceptional scenery, and the crew have shared some fantastic shots from their time spent working there so far. 

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