Coast Guard to open bay of Green Bay to shipping

Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay. USCG photo by PA1 CAROLYN CIHELKA

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 Port of Green Bay after Coast Guard ice breaking operations.

These ice breaking operations will likely occur in areas used by recreational users such as, but not limited to, the Fox River Entrance Channel, the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal, Menominee River Entrance, and the waters of Little Bay De Noc near Escanaba.

In the coming weeks, these ice breaking efforts will increase in frequency as ice conditions deteriorate and commercial navigation increases.

All snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) operators, ice fishermen, and other recreational users of the ice should recognize the instability of the ice. Additionally, they should plan their activities carefully and use extreme caution on and near the ice, especially in proximity to charted navigation areas.

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