Coast Guard breaks ice on Delaware River

5th Coast Guard District News
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Coast Guard is working to break ice on the Delaware River Thursday.

The crews of the Coast Guard Cutters Capstan and Cleat are breaking ice to maintain navigable waterways. The ice-breaking tugs encountered significant ice on the Delaware River, up to five feet thick, approximately three miles south of Trenton, N.J.

The Coast Guard Cutter Capstan, a 65-foot ice-breaking tugboat homeported in Philadelphia, breaks ice on the Delaware River, near the Burlington-Bristol Bridge, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. The Capstan crew worked to help prevent flooding and maintain navigable waterways. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cynthia Oldham

The Coast Guard Cutter Capstan breaks ice on the Delaware River, near the Burlington-Bristol Bridge, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cynthia Oldham

“The crews aboard the Coast Guard Cutters Cleat and Capstan are working diligently to prevent navigational impacts resulting from ice formation,” said Lt. Veronica Smith, chief of waterways managment division at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia.

“Today they went north in the Delaware River to make sure the navigable channel remained open for transiting commercial traffic. We are especially proud and excited to see them performing their primary mission: icebreaking. This is what the cutters are built for. This is what the crews train for.”

The cutters Capstan and Cleet are both 65-foot ice-breaking tugs homeported at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay. They are designed to break ice up to 18 inches thick.

Click the photo for more from the operation.



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