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First Icebreaker Heads to North Baltic

Finland's fleet of icebreakers is starting its work this winter.

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The icebreaker Otso has left Helsinki's Katajanokka harbour to help ships get into the northern ports of Tornio, Oulu and Kemi. The inner archipelago of the northern Baltic has ice between five and 20 centimetres thick, which is expected to rapidly increase next week.

Normally, the icebreaking season begins in Finland in late November. However in recent mild winters the vessels have remained in their home port until January.

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