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...

Coast Guard breaks ice to relieve flood danger in Maine

Coast Guard breaks ice to relieve flood danger in Maine
The Coast Guard Cutter Bridle breaks ice on the Penobscot River in Maine March 17, 2015. Operation renewable energy for Northeast Winters. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Marc Moore) BOSTON – Following one the harshest New England winters on record, the Coast Guard is preparing to clear ice jams threatening to flood the Penobscot River banks in Maine. As the ice chokes points along...

Coast Guard Cutter Line ensures delivery of vital home heating oil to Port Jefferson

Coast Guard Cutter Line ensures delivery of vital home heating oil to Port Jefferson
The Line breaking a vessel out of the ice near West Point, NY NEW YORK – The Coast Guard Cutter Line helped facilitate the delivery of 60,000 barrels of home heating oil on Saturday and another 78,000 barrels on Sunday to Port Jefferson, New York. Without the deliveries made during this weekend, more than 1 million customers throughout the Long Island area would have been without home heating oil. The...

Coast Guard crews work to break ice in Mid-Atlantic region

Coast Guard crews work to break ice in Mid-Atlantic region
Petty Officer 1st Class Ben Heinze navigates the Coast Guard Cutter Cleat, a 65-foot ice breaking-tug, to help free a local tugboat stuck in the upper Chesapeake Bay ice Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David R. Marin)Baltimore – The crews of the Coast Guard Cutters Capstan, Cleat and Chock are working this winter to break ice and maintain navigable waterways...

Coast Guard working to break ice on Delaware River, waterway restrictions in place

Coast Guard working to break ice on Delaware River, waterway restrictions in place
Coast Guard Cutter Capstan breaks through the ice on the Delaware River Thursday, Feb. 18, 2015, near Philadelphia. The Capstan crew has conducted daily ice breaking operations on the Delaware River for the past few days. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Peter Hoey) PHILADELPHIA — The Coast Guard is working to break ice Thursday on the Delaware River. The crews of the Coast Guard...

Coast Guard assets, tugboat break vessel out of ice near West Point, N.Y.

Coast Guard assets, tugboat break vessel out of ice near West Point, N.Y.
Crew members from the Coast Guard Cutters Line and Willow worked with a commercial contracted tug to break tug Maryland out of thick ice near West Point, N.Y., Feb. 18, 2015. NEW YORK – Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutters Line and Willow worked with a commercial contracted tug to break tug Maryland out of thick ice near West Point, New York, Wednesday. Tugboat Maryland notified Coast Guard Sector...