US, Canadian Coast Guards end ice breaking in North Channel, assist with clearing Harsens Island ferry path

US, Canadian Coast Guards end ice breaking in North Channel, assist with clearing Harsens Island ferry path
DETROIT – After three days of concentrated effort, U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers concluded flushing operations and cleared two significant plugs in the St. Clair River as part of Operation Coal Shovel. The combined efforts of the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay, Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay and Canadian Coast Guard ship Griffon and Canadian Coast Guard ship...

US, Canadian Coast Guard open maritime lanes for commercial vessels

US, Canadian Coast Guard open maritime lanes for commercial vessels
CLEVELAND — The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards are continuing Operation Coal Shovel, the seasonal domestic ice breaking operations in the southern part of Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair and Detroit River systems, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. As of Sunday, U.S. Coast Guard icebreakers have logged 493 ice-breaking hours and assisted 53 vessels during Operation Coal Shovel, which began Jan....

Bracing for Winter

Bracing for Winter
Written by Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Ameen All the leaves have fallen. Nature’s autumnal palette of vibrant colors has faded away. The water’s surface will slowly turn to ice. The Coast Guard stands ready to break it. The artery that is the Delaware River provides the means to deliver goods, both needed for survival and the enjoyment of life. When that passage ceases to flow, the Coast Guard...

US and Canadian Coast Guard commence Operation Coal Shovel

US and Canadian Coast Guard commence Operation Coal Shovel
DETROIT — The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards have commenced Operation Coal Shovel seasonal domestic ice breaking operations in the southern part of Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair and Detroit River systems, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, starting Thursday. The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers work together to prevent ice jams in these vital economic 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 —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...