Coast Guard begins Operation Taconite in western Great Lakes

Coast Guard begins Operation Taconite in western Great Lakes
SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. — U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste Marie commenced Operation Taconite Wednesday in response to expanded ice growth in the commercial ports of western Lake Superior, Green Bay and the lower St. Marys River. Before ice impeded commercial navigation, several icebreakers were assigned to each region. Recently, Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw was dispatched to assist two vessels...

Coast Guard breaks way for industry

Coast Guard breaks way for industry
Coast Guard Cutters Morro Bay and Katmai Bay, homeported in Cleveland and Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., conducted ice breaking operations in Marquette, Mich., Sunday. The harbor breakout operations commenced following a difficult and lengthy escort that started in Duluth, Minn., and utilized satellite imagery to find openings in the ice. The crews’ efforts helped keep local mining operations open by...

Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay to undergo repairs before return to ice-breaking operations

Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay to undergo repairs before return to ice-breaking operations
DULUTH, Minn. — The Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay, a 140-foot ice-breaking tug homeported in Cleveland but currently moored in Duluth, is scheduled to undergo an in-water repair Sunday and Monday. The Morro Bay suffered a rudder casualty while conducting ice-breaking operations in Thunder Bay, Ontario, March 27, and was towed to Duluth by the Coast Guard Cutters Alder and Katmai Bay. Divers and Coast...

Coast Guard continues to break ice as St. Lawrence Seaway opens, shipping season ramps up

Coast Guard continues to break ice as St. Lawrence Seaway opens, shipping season ramps up
CLEVELAND — The U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Coast Guard ice breakers are continuing to create pathways for commercial shippers throughout the Great Lakes region including the St. Lawrence Seaway, which connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. The St. Lawrence Seaway officially opened to shipping Monday, while the Welland Canal, which connects lakes Ontario and Erie, opened Friday. Coast...

Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay maintains proficiency in ice rescue techniques

Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay maintains proficiency in ice rescue techniques
CLEVELAND — An early and intense winter season has meant an increased demand for ice-breaking operations for the Coast Guard 9th District’s ice-breaking fleet, but that didn’t stop the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay, homeported in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., from conducting ice rescue training earlier this week. A yardstick measures the thickness of some of the ice that the crew of...

U.S. Coast Guard ends active search for missing man on Lake Ontario

U.S. Coast Guard ends active search for missing man on Lake Ontario
CLEVELAND — Rescue personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Coast Guard have ended their active search on Lake Ontario Tuesday night for a man reported missing Sunday. The missing man is Scott B. French of Rochester, N.Y. At 3:25 p.m., Sunday, Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton, Ontario, reported a 32-foot sailboat had washed ashore at Point Petre, Ontario with a New York registration...

U.S., Canadian Coast Guard search for missing man on Lake Ontario

U.S., Canadian Coast Guard search for missing man on Lake Ontario
CLEVELAND — Rescue personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Coast Guard are searching for a man in Lake Ontario who was reported missing about 3:30 p.m., Sunday. The missing man is Michael “Dave” French of Rochester, N.Y. At 3:25 p.m., Saturday, Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton, Ontario, reported a 32-foot sailboat had washed ashore at Point Petre, Ontario with a New York registration...

Coast Guard medically evacuates ailing man from motor vessel Algoma Navigator

Coast Guard medically evacuates ailing man from motor vessel Algoma Navigator
CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard medically evacuated an ailing Canadian man from a motor vessel early Tuesday morning in the vicinity of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. At around 11:45 p.m., Monday night, a search-and-rescue coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste Marie, received a request for a medical evacuation of a crewmember aboard the 730-foot Canadian-flagged motor vessel Algoma Navigator. The search-and-rescue...

Coast Guard supports War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration events in Buffalo

Coast Guard supports War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration events in Buffalo
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Coast Guard has begun participating in events celebrating the commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812 at various venues in Buffalo and is scheduled to continue through Sunday. The Coast Guard encourages members of the public to join in the celebration and engage with the Coast Guard participants of the events. Buffalo is the sixth and final U.S. port in the Great...