Coast Guard begins Operation Renew in Northeast for icebreaking season

Coast Guard begins Operation Renew in Northeast for icebreaking season
BOSTON —The Coast Guard’s winter icebreaking season has officially kicked off in the Northeast, starting Dec. 15 and running through March. During the Coast Guard’s 2014-2015 winter ice breaking season, known as Operation Reliable Energy for NorthEast Winters (RENEW), the Coast Guard will conduct ice breaking operations for several reasons: *     To facilitate security operations...

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star departs for Antarctic mission

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star departs for Antarctic mission
SEATTLE — The nation’s only heavy icebreaker departed Seattle Sunday for a four-month mission to Antarctica as part of Operation Deep Freeze, the annual Joint Task Force Support to resupply the National Science Foundation outpost there. The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star from Coast Guard Base Seattle will head to McMurdo Sound in support the U.S. Antarctic Program and the National Science...

Coast Guard Research & Development Center Preps for Arctic Patrol

Coast Guard Research & Development Center Preps for Arctic Patrol
NEW LONDON, Conn. – A team of scientists from the Coast Guard Research and Development Center will depart from Seward, Alaska, for a technology evaluation in the Arctic aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy Aug. 8. The RDC is leading a multi-agency team to support Arctic Shield 2014, a 17th Coast Guard District initiative. The purpose of their month-long evaluation is to improve Coast Guard capabilities...

Great Lakes Coast Guard concludes the nation’s largest domestic ice breaking operation

 Great Lakes Coast Guard concludes the nation's largest domestic ice breaking operation
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Coast Guard crews concluded the nation’s largest domestic ice operation known as Taconite, Thursday, after more than five months of ice breaking operations in the Northern Great Lakes. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, plans and runs Operation Taconite, which includes all of Lakes Superior and Michigan, the northern half of Lake Huron, the St. Marys River...

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...