Three Coast Guard icebreakers scheduled to moor near Cobo Hall in Detroit

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND — The crews of three U.S. Coast Guard icebreakers are scheduled to be moored in Detroit near Cobo Hall, and provide free tours to the public on Friday and Saturday.

Each cutter’s crew will be supporting the Coast Guard’s 2011-12 domestic icebreaking mission and providing support for a security zone surrounding the 24th Annual North American Auto Show.

Moored in Detroit will be the 140-foot ice breaking tugs Bristol Bay, homeported in Detroit, Neah Bay, homeported in Cleveland, and cutter Thunder Bay, homeported in Rockland, Maine, but temporarily assigned to the Great Lakes.

Cutters Bristol Bay and Neah Bay will be open for tours on Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., respectively. Cutter Thunder Bay will be open for tours on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Ice breaking on the Great Lakes is vital to keeping shipping lanes open. Large quantities of steel, coal, heating oil and grain ship throughout the region, and Coast Guard ice breaking services enable these shippers to transport an average of $2 billion worth of cargo each year.

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