Coast Guard’s only heavy icebreaker arrives at Antarctica

Coast Guard's only heavy icebreaker arrives at Antarctica
The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star breaks ice in McMurdo Sound in support of Operation Deep Freeze.  U.S. Coast Guard file photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen. ALAMEDA, Calif. – The 150 crewmembers of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrived Thursday in Antarctica along with a resupply vessel during Operation Deep Freeze – a joint military service mission to resupply U.S. interests in...

Coast Guard begins ice breaking operations in the Western Great Lakes

Coast Guard begins ice breaking operations in the Western Great Lakes
Coast Guard Cutter Mackiaw File Photo SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. — U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie commenced Operation Taconite, the Coast Guard’s largest domestic icebreaking operation, Monday, in response to expanded ice growth in the commercial ports of Western Lake Superior and the St. Marys River. Operation Taconite encompasses Lake Superior, St. Marys River, Straits of Mackinac, Georgian...

Coast Guard 2018 icebreaking season is underway

Coast Guard 2018 icebreaking season is underway
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Shackle, a 65-foot Small Harbor Tug, breaks ice.. (U.S. Coast Guard file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Barresi) BOSTON — The Coast Guard launched its ice breaking season Monday, as winter’s cold temperatures are anticipated to impact every port, waterway, and harbor in the Northeast. Operation Reliable Energy for Northeast Winters (OpRENEW) is the Coast...

EUPT, USCG partner to improve winter ferry service in upper Michigan

EUPT, USCG partner to improve winter ferry service in upper Michigan
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Members of the U.S. Coast Guard and Eastern Upper Peninsula Transit Authority singed a Memorandum of Understanding with a unified goal of improving ferry service during the winter to the St. Marys River’s three island communities in upper Michigan, Friday. Capt. Marko Broz, commander, Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, and Pete Paramski, director of the EUP Transit Authority,...

Coast Guard ends Operation Coal Shovel, Operation Taconite continues

Coast Guard ends Operation Coal Shovel, Operation Taconite continues
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay assists the tug Anglian Lady and barge Ironmaster through Mud Lake Junction in the St. Marys River March 29, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Gould). CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard ended Operation Coal Shovel, a domestic icebreaking operation, Monday. Coal Shovel encompasses ice-breaking in southern Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, the...

U.S., Canadian Coast Guards conduct Spring Breakout

U.S., Canadian Coast Guards conduct Spring Breakout
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw exits the Soo Locks ahead of Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay cutting first tracks into the Upper St. Marys River as part of Spring Breakout. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Charles Kelly) SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — U.S. Coast Guard cutters are breaking ice in Lake Superior, Bay of Green Bay, Straits of Mackinac and the St....

Coast Guard to open bay of Green Bay to shipping

Coast Guard to open bay of Green Bay to shipping
Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay file photo by Petty Officer First Class Carolyn Cihelka. SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Coast Guard Cutters Mackinaw and Mobile Bay will commence ice breaking operations on the bay of Green Bay, Tuesday. The Coast Guard will commence Spring Breakout to prepare regional waterways for the tanker movements. U.S. Oil is scheduled to resume the shipment of fuel products to the...

Coast Guard to break ice on Kennebec, Penobscot Rivers

Coast Guard to break ice on Kennebec, Penobscot Rivers
Coast Guard Cutters Shackle and Tackle break ice along the Penobscot River in Brewer, Maine, in this Coast Guard file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Simpson) BOSTON — The Coast Guard urges the public to remove their ice fishing shacks as soon as safely possible from the Kennebec and Penobscot Rivers as the Coast Guard begins its annual spring breakout on Wednesday. Individuals should refrain...

Despite flooding, engine failure, U.S. icebreaker completes Antarctica operation

Despite flooding, engine failure, U.S. icebreaker completes Antarctica operation
The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star breaks ice in McMurdo Sound near Antarctica on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen. McMURDO STATION, Antarctica – The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star completed their mission Tuesday in support of National Science Foundation (NSF) after cutting a resupply channel through 15 miles of Antarctic ice in the Ross...