A ship is bound for Baltic ports in wintertime. What special requirements will she have to meet relating to local ice conditions?

She will have to have an ice class notation assigned by her classification society. On the basis of that, she may be granted a Finnish-Swedish ice class, which will allow Finnish or Swedish government icebreakers to assist her.

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Why are ice class restrictions imposed on ships in ice regions, such as the Baltic?

Is there any economic benefit from having an ice class?