Is it possible to sail into Vladivostok all year round? One source in Wikipedia about Vladivostok says:

The port is ice-free all year round

Another source in Wikipedia says:

The locality of the bridge crossing construction site is characterized by severe climate conditions: temperatures vary from -31 °C to 37 °C; storms bring winds of up to 36 m/s and waves of up to 6 m in height; and ice formations in winter can be up to 70 cm thick.

What to make of this? Is the port ice-free only because of icebreakers?


After the ТЭЦ-2 (Thermal Power Plant - 2) was built in 1984, the port in Vladivostok (Zolotoy Rog Bay) is ice-free for almost the whole year. Before that, ice breakers helped making it ice-free.

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Vladivostok is not a warm-water port, but is kept ice free by ice breakers, according to Encyclopedia.com, allowing shipping into the harbor. Vladivostock is Russia's major Pacific seaport, the main base of its Pacific fleet, and a base for fishing and, formerly, whaling fleets.

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    Russian whaling fleets? Is this source a copy of the 1911 Encyclopædia Brittanica or so? – gerrit Sep 19 '16 at 11:16
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    Having a Russian colleague whose name is abbreviated as Vlad, I had to parse the first sentence twice ;) – Jan Sep 19 '16 at 11:17
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    @Jan A first name as a part of the city name is not uncommon at all in Russia. – Malcolm Sep 19 '16 at 16:08
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    @gerrit late night dim light... although noting that Russian's in the East ares still permitted by IWC to hunt/catch up to 140 endangered gray whales annually. Putin & his crossbow reuters.com/article/… – Giorgio Sep 19 '16 at 16:17

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