Thursday, 28 July 2011

Finland and Russia to modernise their icebreaker fleets - not trusting global warming predictions

Flashback: The Baltic Sea last winter:

"More than 60 vessels stuck in ice in Gulf of Finland"

"The Baltic Sea currently has the most extensive ice cover that it has seen in 24 years. On Thursday, 310,000 square kilometres of the sea were covered in ice, and the area is growing.
After the severe winter of 1987, the ice cover in the Baltic was nearly 400,000 square kilometres wide, which in practical terms means that the entire surface of the Baltic was effectively covered in ice. The entire sea has been completely frozen over just 20 times since 1720."

The global warming alarmists do not seem to have convinced the Finnish and Russian governments about ever warming winters:

Finland´s new government has decided to modernise its icebreaker fleet:

The programme of the new government contains a pledge to undertake replacement of outdated icebreakers. One matter under consideration is who will own the vessels. The present fleet is owned by Arctia Shipping, a state-owned company.
Finland has five traditional-type icebreakers and three multi-purpose icebreakers. The oldest is the Voima that has been in service since 1954. The most powerful icebreakers, the Urho and Sisu have been in service for 35 years and the most recent traditional icebreaker has seen 25 years of service.
The three multi-purpose icebreakers were constructed in the 1990s.
According to Ilmari Aro, an expert on winter shipping at the Transport Ministry, the Voima is to be replaced during the term of the present government. Arctia Shipping's CEO Vauraste says that the rest of the fleet is to be replaced by around 2020. The lifetime of the vessels can be extended with investment in repairs and maintenance.
A new traditional icebreaker carries a price tag of around 100 million euros. Multi-purpose icebreakers are a bit more expensive.
Icebreakers and their services are important because of Finland's heavy reliance on maritime shipping for exports and imports. Estonia and Finland are the only countries in the world where all of the nation's ports freeze over in the winter

Read the entire article here

Neither is the Russian government trusting the warmists´ predictions:

“A very important decision was made in connection with the situation in the Gulf of Finland this winter, to build icebreakers. Currently all the fleet used to escort ships in the ice, except for two icebreakers, is obsolete. The new icebreakers to be ordered should be built to optimized projects”, stated A.Davydenko.

Read the entire article here


Both governments are, of course, basing their decisions to modernise the ice breaker fleets on the realities of the northern winter - not the climate scientists´ computers models. One must hope that the Finnish and Russian - as well as other - governments perform the same reality checks with regard to other areas involved in the global warming scam, too.


zeleneye said...

Hmm. Except that the Finnish government does have an adaptation strategy based on climate models - ...naturally, the main focus is the expected impact of future changes in precipitation. Logically, as the models do not predict that winter sea ice in the Baltic will end this century.

Not that it is likely to interest you but here is some recent research that suggests why current climate models are not so accurate at predicting northern hemisphere winter weather patterns:

Kumitonttu said...

A weird phenomenom is that according to mainstream alarmists, the weather conditions (for farming, living etc.) gets better in Finland alongside the catastrophic global warming, and Finland is more than willing to finance projects to STOP the warming. Can anyone be more altruistic?