Coast Guard to break ice along Penobscot, Connecticut, and Hudson Rivers

Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay breaks ice in the Hudson River near Catskill, N.Y., on March 3, 2015, in support of Operation Reliable Energy for Northeast Winters. OP RENEW is the Coast Guard's region-wide effort to ensure Northeast communities have the security, supplies, energy and emergency resources they need throughout the winter. (Coast Guard photo by Lt. Ken Sauerbrunn)

Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay breaks ice in the Hudson River in support of Operation Reliable Energy for Northeast Winters. Coast Guard file photo by Lt. Ken Sauerbrunn

BOSTON — The Coast Guard ice breaking season is underway as winter’s cold temperatures are impacting ports, waterways, and harbors in the Northeast.

Operation Reliable Energy for Northeast Winters (RENEW) is the Coast Guard’s region-wide effort to ensure Northeast communities have the security, supplies, energy, and emergency resources they need throughout the winter.

Of the heating oil used in the country, more than 85 percent is consumed in the Northeast, and 90 percent of that is delivered on a Coast Guard maintained waterway by ship.

The Coast Guard’s domestic icebreaking operations are intended to facilitate navigation within reasonable demands of commerce and minimize waterways closures during the winter, while enabling commercial vessels to transit through ice-covered critical channels.

Coast Guard crews are also replacing aids to navigation with special ice buoys designed to ride underneath ice and remain on location.

A coordinated effort with the maritime industry ensures the vital ports of the Northeast remain open year-round.

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