Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrives at McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrives at McMurdo Station, Antarctica
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star operates near two seals off the shore of Antarctica, Jan. 16, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley. MCMURDO STATION, Antarctica – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrived at the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station Tuesday after cutting a resupply channel through more than 60 miles of Antarctic ice...

Commercial shipping, ice breaking activity on Muskegon Lake

Commercial shipping, ice breaking activity on Muskegon Lake
MILWAUKEE – The Coast Guard is alerting the general public of commercial shipping and ice breaking activity that will take place on Muskegon Lake, Jan. 11, through Jan 15, 2017. Several vessels are expected to transit the channel in and out of Muskegon at various times throughout the weekend. Ice breaking in support of these vessel movements will also take place. Recreational users of the ice should...

Coast Guard prepares for bay of Green Bay ice breaking operations

Coast Guard prepares for bay of Green Bay ice breaking operations
MILWAUKEE — The U.S. Coast Guard has announced that commercial fuel shipping activity into the Port of Green Bay will conclude by Jan. 20,  2017.  At that time, in conjunction with the Green Bay (Brown County) Port Director, the Coast Guard will signal the end of the local navigation season and close the southern portion of the bay to shipping. For the rest of Green Bay, once the bulk of the commercial...

Coast Guard begins Operation Coal Shovel

Coast Guard begins Operation Coal Shovel
Operation Coal Shovel file photo DETROIT — The U.S. Coast Guard officially commenced Operation Coal Shovel, Tuesday, encompassing domestic ice-breaking operations in southern Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair / Detroit River system, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway. U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers work together to break ice in these waterways as conditions worsen...

Coast Guard begins Operation Renew in Northeast for Icebreaking Season

Coast Guard begins Operation Renew in Northeast for Icebreaking Season
BOSTON — With the National Weather Service reporting frigid arctic air settling over New England Thursday night with lows in the single digits, Coast Guard cutters are poised to work hard to keep vital shipping lanes open during the icebreaking season. The season officially started Dec. 12 and runs through March. During the Coast Guard’s 2016-2017 winter ice breaking season, known as Operation...

Coast Guard prepares for bay of Green Bay ice breaking operations

Coast Guard prepares for bay of Green Bay ice breaking operations
MILWAUKEE — In January 2017 the U.S. Coast Guard will commence ice breaking operations in the bay of Green Bay to ensure the safe navigation and overall safe transport of economically-significant commercial shipments. In support of the Port of Green Bay, the Coast Guard will establish and maintain tracks through the ice from Rock Island Passage to the Fox River. The tracks through the ice will extend...

Coast Guard to begin breaking ice in Green Bay on Thursday

Coast Guard to begin breaking ice in Green Bay on Thursday
SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. — The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to commence ice breaking operations, beginning Thursday, in the waters of Green Bay in Lake Michigan. These operations will likely occur in areas commonly used by recreational users, such as but not limited to, the Fox River, southern Green Bay and the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal. Recreational users of the ice should plan their activities carefully,...

Coast Guard begins Operation Taconite in western Great Lakes

Coast Guard begins Operation Taconite in western Great Lakes
SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. — U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste Marie commenced Operation Taconite Wednesday in response to expanded ice growth in the commercial ports of western Lake Superior, Green Bay and the lower St. Marys River. Before ice impeded commercial navigation, several icebreakers were assigned to each region. Recently, Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw was dispatched to assist two vessels...

Coast Guard begins Operation RENEW in Northeast for icebreaking season

Coast Guard begins Operation RENEW in Northeast for icebreaking season
Coast Guard Cutter Tackle breaks ice on the Kennebec River, Maine, April 1, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class LaNola Stone) BOSTON —With local temperatures edging toward single digits, and reports of initial ice forming throughout New England, the Coast Guard’s winter icebreaking season has kicked off in the Northeast. The season officially started Dec. 15 and runs...