Coast Guard concludes ice breaking operations on lower Great Lakes

Coast Guard concludes ice breaking operations on lower Great Lakes
DETROIT — The Coast Guard concluded icebreaking operations on the lower Great Lakes, Monday, more than four months after it started, Dec. 15, 2013. Operation Coal Shovel is a bi-national domestic icebreaking effort covering the St. Lawrence Seaway, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, the Detroit/St. Clair River System, and southern Lake Huron. Crews aboard Coast Guard Cutters Mackinaw, Hollyhock, Bristol...

Coast Guard breaks way for industry

Coast Guard breaks way for industry
Coast Guard Cutters Morro Bay and Katmai Bay, homeported in Cleveland and Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., conducted ice breaking operations in Marquette, Mich., Sunday. The harbor breakout operations commenced following a difficult and lengthy escort that started in Duluth, Minn., and utilized satellite imagery to find openings in the ice. The crews’ efforts helped keep local mining operations open by...

Coast Guard cancels planned ice-breaking operations in Saginaw Bay

Coast Guard cancels planned ice-breaking operations in Saginaw Bay
DETROIT — The Coast Guard has canceled ice-breaking operations that were scheduled to take place in Saginaw Bay, beginning Saturday morning. The ice-breaking operations were announced Thursday. Anyone participating in ice activities on the Great Lakes should follow the acronym of I.C.E.: * Information about current weather and ice conditions. Tell a friend of your intended destination. Know...

Coast Guard warning Saginaw Bay residents of upcoming ice-breaking activity

Coast Guard warning Saginaw Bay residents of upcoming ice-breaking activity
DETROIT — The Coast Guard is advising Saginaw Bay residents that the Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay is scheduled to conduct ice-breaking operations in Saginaw Bay Saturday morning. The Coast Guard is advising residents and visitors that any ice in the area may be particularly unstable and dangerous. The cutter is scheduled to conduct the initial fracture of the Saginaw Bay Entrance Channel, from Gravelly...

Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay to undergo repairs before return to ice-breaking operations

Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay to undergo repairs before return to ice-breaking operations
DULUTH, Minn. — The Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay, a 140-foot ice-breaking tug homeported in Cleveland but currently moored in Duluth, is scheduled to undergo an in-water repair Sunday and Monday. The Morro Bay suffered a rudder casualty while conducting ice-breaking operations in Thunder Bay, Ontario, March 27, and was towed to Duluth by the Coast Guard Cutters Alder and Katmai Bay. Divers and Coast...

Ice-breaking operation in Saginaw Bay postponed

Ice-breaking operation in Saginaw Bay postponed
DETROIT — The Coast Guard has postponed an ice-breaking operation that was scheduled to begin Sunday morning in the vicinity of the Saginaw Bay Entrance Channel. The operation was announced in a news release that was distributed Thursday. Based on the extent of ice coverage in the region, the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock has been reassigned to break ice in another area. The Coast Guard will...

Coat Guard schedules ice breaking operations for Saginaw Bay

Coat Guard schedules ice breaking operations for Saginaw Bay
DETROIT — The Coast Guard is scheduled to begin ice-breaking operations in the vicinity of the Saginaw Bay Entrance Channel Sunday beginning at 7 a.m. The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock will be ice breaking from Gravelly Shoal to the entrance of the Saginaw River. Any ice in the vicinity of the cutter or the track that it creates should be considered unsafe and the Coast Guard advises everyone...

Coast Guard continues to break ice as St. Lawrence Seaway opens, shipping season ramps up

Coast Guard continues to break ice as St. Lawrence Seaway opens, shipping season ramps up
CLEVELAND — The U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Coast Guard ice breakers are continuing to create pathways for commercial shippers throughout the Great Lakes region including the St. Lawrence Seaway, which connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. The St. Lawrence Seaway officially opened to shipping Monday, while the Welland Canal, which connects lakes Ontario and Erie, opened Friday. Coast...

Coast Guard breaks ice on Kennebec River – video

Coast Guard breaks ice on Kennebec River - video
BOSTON — Coast Guard crews broke ice, Thursday, to reduce the risk of flooding as snow and river ice begins to melt and flow out to sea along the main channel of the Kennebec River from Merrymeeting Bay, Maine, to Gardiner, Maine. This operation, known as Operation Spring Break-out, signals the closing stages of the Coast Guard’s 2013-2014 winter icebreaking season. The crew of the Coast Guard...