Cutter Penobscot Bay to arrive in Cleveland

CLEVELAND – The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot Bay is scheduled to arrive in Cleveland at approximately 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 22, 2009.

Penobscot Bay will moor at the U.S. Coast Guard's Cleveland Moorings.

Penobscot Bay, a 140-foot icebreaking tug, homeported in Bayonne, N.J., will be temporarily assigned to the Great Lakes region to augment the eight other icebreaking cutters that call the Great Lakes home.

Penobscot Bay’s deployment here will ensure the Coast Guard’s ability to facilitate the movement of vessels on the Great Lakes, meet the reasonable demands of commerce on the Great Lakes and, when requested, assist the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with flood mitigation.

“We are taking all steps necessary to ensure we are ready to provide the best level of service and keep the fleet moving through the ice”, said Cmdr. Kevin Dunn, Chief of Waterways Management for the Ninth Coast Guard District. “We are ready to respond to emergencies and provide assistance to those who may be effected by ice or flooding.”

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