U.S, Canadian Coast Guard renew icebreaking partnership

U.S, Canadian Coast Guard renew icebreaking partnership
Julie Gascon, Assistant Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard Central and Arctic Region and Rear Adm. Joanna Nunan, commander of the United States Coast Guard Ninth District, sign a renewed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on icebreaking services for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway, Jan. 18, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo. CLEVELAND — Rear Admiral Joanna Nunan, Commander, United...

Coast Guard frees to two vessels beset by ice in St. Marys River

Coast Guard frees to two vessels beset by ice in St. Marys River
Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay file photo SAULT STE. MARIE, Michigan — The two vessels best by ice in the St. Marys River were freed Thursday afternoon. The Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay freed the motor vessel Walter J. McCarthy from the ice in the upbound Middle Neebish Channel of the St. Marys River at approximately 2:00 p.m. The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley freed the motor vessel...

Coast Guard responds to two vessels beset by ice in St. Marys River

Coast Guard responds to two vessels beset by ice in St. Marys River
Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay file photo SAULT STE. MARIE, Michigan — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay crew is working to free the motor vessel Walter J. McCarthy from the ice in the up-bound Middle Neebish Channel of the St. Marys River, Thursday. After freeing the Walter J. McCarthy, the Biscayne Bay will then break out the motor vessel Edgar B. Speer from the ice near Sawmill Point in...

US, Canadian Coast Guard leaders team up to discuss partnership

US, Canadian Coast Guard leaders team up to discuss partnership
Julie Gascon, Assistant Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard’s Central and Arctic Region and Rear Adm. June Ryan, the commander of the USCG 9th District met  in Sault Ste. Marie Ontario and Sault Ste. Marie Michigan March 21, 2016. (US Coast Guard photo) CLEVELAND — Rear Adm. June E. Ryan, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Ninth District, was welcomed aboard the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel...

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 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....

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 completes ice breaking operation in lower Great Lakes

USCG Cutter Morro Bay file photoDetroit, Mich. – The end of Operation Coal Shovel, Thursday, brings the Coast Guard icebreaking season on the lower Great Lakes to a close. Operations Coal Shovel and Taconite, the latter of which is still ongoing in the upper Great Lakes, are the largest bi-national domestic icebreaking efforts. Operation Coal Shovel is carried out in the St. Lawrence Seaway,...