Another Succesful Operation Coal Shovel

DETROIT — Operation Coal Shovel, responsible for the conduct of ice breaking operations in all of Lake Erie, the Detroit River, Lake St. Clair and Lake Huron south of 45-10 North, has completed another very successful joint ice-breaking season with the Canadian Coast Guard and Lake Carrier’s Association.

The cutters Bristol Bay, Neah Bay, Hollyhock, Mackinaw and the Canadian Coast Guard cutters Samuel Risley and Griffon combined for over 1000 hours of icebreaking efforts, escorted or provided direct assistance to over 110 commercial vessels, provided assistance for ferry operations, conducted vital Homeland Security missions and maintained the critical waterways throughout the Coal Shovel operations area.

In addition, these cutters maintained critical waterways in the St Clair and Detroit rivers enabling the safe navigation and overall safe transport of season critical commercial shipments.

This successful season was also enhanced by daily ice observations flights conducted by the Air Station Detroit

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