Coast Guard continues ice breaking operations for bay of Green Bay

The Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, a 240-foot heavy icebreaker.

Coast Guard Cutter Mackiaw File Photo

MILWAUKEE — The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to break ice at approximately 8 a.m. Monday and Tuesday in support of Operation Taconite for two shipments arriving in the Port of Green Bay.

Ice breaking transits will increase in frequency for the first three weeks of January. The Coast Guard will establish and maintain tracks through the ice from Rock Island Passage to the Fox River, to include Marinette-Menominee and Sturgeon Bay. Ice transits will stabilize tracks through the thickening ice to ensure safe navigation and overall safe transport of commercial shipments.

There are four tanker transits destined for the Port of Green Bay planned for the month of January. Those who choose to recreate on or near ice-covered waterways may potentially put themselves at increased risk when recreating near still-operational shipping lanes.

The Coast Guard recommends all recreational ice users plan their activities carefully, dress appropriately, use caution on the ice, and stay away from shipping channels. Recreational ice users should monitor VHF-FM marine radio channel 16, 21, or 23 for ice-breaking information.

These ice breaking operations are a part of Operation Taconite, the U.S. Coast Guard’s largest domestic ice-breaking operation encompassing Lake Superior, St. Marys River, the Straits of Mackinac, Georgian Bay and all of Lake Michigan.

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