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...

Coast Guard commences Operation Reliable Energy for Northeast Winters

Coast Guard commences Operation Reliable Energy for Northeast Winters
Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay breaks ice in the Hudson River near Catskill, N.Y., on March 3, 2015, in support of Operation Reliable Energy for Northeast Winters. (Coast Guard photo by Lt. Ken Sauerbrunn) NEW HAVEN, Conn.  — Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound is currently participating in the winter icebreaking season which officially kicked off on Dec. 15, 2015. During the Coast Guard’s 2015-2016...

US, Canadian Coast Guards prepare for Great Lakes icebreaking season in Cleveland

US, Canadian Coast Guards prepare for Great Lakes icebreaking season in Cleveland
Julie Gascon, the Canadian Coast Guard assistant commissioner for the Central and Arctic Region, stands with Rear Adm. June Ryan, the commander of the Coast Guard 9th District, Oct. 20, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher M. Yaw) CLEVELAND — The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards along with other federal and industry representatives met at the Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal...

U.S. and Canada conclude ice breaking operations for the season

U.S. and Canada conclude ice breaking operations for the season
U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Mackinaw (foreground) and Alder continue ice breaking operations on eastern Lake Superior. CLEVELAND — U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard crews concluded the nation’s largest domestic ice breaking operation Monday, after more than four months of ice breaking operations in the Great Lakes. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, plans and runs Operation Taconite, an ice...

US, Canadian Coast Guards continue ice breaking operations on Lake Superior

US, Canadian Coast Guards continue ice breaking operations on Lake Superior
U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Mackinaw (foreground) and Alder continue ice breaking operations on eastern Lake Superior, creating tracks that will enable 18 vessels currently being staged to continue transiting to and from the lower Great Lakes, April 7, 2015.SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. – The U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Coast Guard continue to break ice on eastern Lake Superior for vessels that are waiting...

Maine based Coast Guard cutters break ice to mitigate flood danger on Kennebec River

Maine based Coast Guard cutters break ice to mitigate flood danger on Kennebec River
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 – The Coast Guard broke ice this week in the main channel of the Kennebec River from Merrymeeting Bay to Gardiner, Maine. This reduced the risk of ice jam flooding as snow and river ice melt. Spring runoff from rain and melting snow can cause choke...

Coast Guard cutter fleet flushing ice down river systems to prevent ice jams, facilitate shipping

Coast Guard cutter fleet flushing ice down river systems to prevent ice jams, facilitate shipping
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay conducts ice-flushing operations in the St. Clair River, Thursday, March 26, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo by USCGC Bristol BayCLEVELAND — The Coast Guard cutter fleet is flushing ice through the Great Lakes river systems to prevent ice jams and facilitate commercial shipping as the shipping season begins and the ice on the Great Lakes dissipates. Ice...