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...

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 completes mid-winter ice-breaking effort on Kennebec River in Maine

Coast Guard completes mid-winter ice-breaking effort on Kennebec River in Maine
Coast Guard Cutter Bridle file photo by Chief Petty Officer Marc Moore BOSTON – The Coast Guard completed their ice-breaking operations on the Kennebec River, in Maine, Monday following a seven-day push that extended to Richmond, Maine. In response to the Maine Emergency Management Agency’s request to break out the Kennebec River, the Coast Guard relocated the 140-foot Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot...

Coast Guard urges public to remove ice fishing shacks, stay off Kennebec River, Maine

Coast Guard urges public to remove ice fishing shacks, stay off Kennebec River, Maine
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay breaks ice along the Kennebec River, in this file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Simpson. BOSTON — The Coast Guard is urging the public to remove ice fishing shacks and to stay off the Kennebec River Monday as ice breaking operations on the river are planned to begin Tuesday and last through the week. This operation, typically known as the Kennebec...

Coast Guard ice breaking cutters make progress on the Connecticut River

Coast Guard ice breaking cutters make progress on the Connecticut River
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bollard, a 65-foot Small Harbor Tug, transits on the ice-covered Connecticut River near Essex, Connecticut, Jan. 18, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Frank Iannazzo-Simmons) NEW YORK — Coast Guard cutters continue to steadily break ice jams in the Connecticut River to prevent flooding and help the broken ice drift down river and out to Long Island...

Coast Guard ice breakers make progress on the Penobscot River

Coast Guard ice breakers make progress on the Penobscot River
Coast Guard Cutter Tackle file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class LaNola Stone BOSTON – Coast Guard ice breakers continue to steadily break ice in the Penobscot River Thursday to help the broken ice drift down river and out to sea. The Rockland-based Coast Guard Cutter Tackle, and Southwest Harbor-based Coast Guard Cutter Bridle crews have been working in tandem to break the ice during the high tide,...

Frigid temperatures keep Coast Guard crews busy breaking ice on Hudson River

Frigid temperatures keep Coast Guard crews busy breaking ice on Hudson River
Coast Guard Cutter Hawser, a 65-foot Small Harbor Tug, transits north on the ice-covered Hudson River near Albany, New York, Jan. 5, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Steve Strohmaier) NEW YORK – Despite slightly warmer temperatures recently, Coast Guard ice breaking crews remain busy on the Hudson River keeping a path open for commercial vessels and breaking free those beset...

Freezing temperatures keep Coast Guard ice breakers busy in Maine

Freezing temperatures keep Coast Guard ice breakers busy in Maine
A Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team South Portland 49-foot Buoy Utility Stern Loading (BUSL) boat is photographed in ice Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 in Fore River, Maine. A BUSL is used to service buoys and can also be used for ice breaking operations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) BOSTON — This winter’s record cold temperatures are keeping Coast Guard crews busy as they work daily to keep waterways...

Coast Guard cutters break ice as Lake Erie freezes

Coast Guard cutters break ice as Lake Erie freezes
The 304-meter motor vessel Indiana Harbor sits stuck in ice in the St. Clair River awaiting to be freed, January 2, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) CLEVELAND — U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay and Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay, 140-foot bay class ice-breaking tugs home-ported in Cleveland, freed multiple vessels beset by ice in western Lake Erie and the St. Clair River, Tuesday and Wednesday. The...