Coast Guard seeks input for Les Cheneaux Islands AtonN system

Coast Guard seeks input for Les Cheneaux Islands AtonN system
SAULT SAINTE MARIE, Mich. – Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie is seeking input for a Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) study of the Les Cheneaux Islands. The WAMS study will review the short range Aids to Navigation system that covers the waters surrounding the Les Cheneaux Islands, including: Cedarville East Channel, Les Cheneaux Islands Middle Entrance, Les Cheneaux Islands...

Coast Guard begins ice breaking operations in western Great Lakes

Coast Guard begins ice breaking operations in western Great Lakes
The Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay, a 140-foot ice-breaking tug operating as part of Operation Taconite. (U.S. Coast Guard file photo by Daniel R. Michelson) SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. – U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie commenced Operation Taconite, Wednesday, in response to expanded ice growth in the commercial ports of western Lake Superior. As one of two ice breaking operations that support...

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, Good Samaritan respond to capsized vessel near Detour Village, MI

Coast Guard, Good Samaritan respond to capsized vessel near Detour Village, MI
SAULT SAINTE MARIE, Mich. — The Coast Guard responded to a report of a capsized vessel near Detour Passage, Michigan, Wednesday evening. Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie command center received a call via VHF-FM radio channel 16 from the cargo vessel Lee A. Tregurtha reporting that a 17-foot pleasure craft had capsized with four people onboard. Sector Sault Sainte Marie watchstanders...

Coast Guard establishes Unified Command to respond to spill in Straits of Mackinac

Coast Guard establishes Unified Command to respond to spill in Straits of Mackinac
MACKINAW CITY, Mich. — A Unified Command has been established in response to a mineral oil release from a utility line in the Straits of Mackinac, Monday. The Coast Guard established the Unified Command comprised of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, county emergency managers, local tribes, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Environmental...

Coast Guard, partner agencies respond to utility line leak in Straits of Mackinac

Coast Guard, partner agencies respond to utility line leak in Straits of Mackinac
SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. — The Coast Guard, in coordination with local, state and federal partners, is working with the American Transmission Company to respond to a leak from a utility line in the Straits of Mackinac, approximately two miles west of the Mackinac Bridge. The Coast Guard received notification that an electrical line cased with mineral oil might be leaking into the Straits of Mackinac...

Coast Guard reminds public to avoid ice near active shipping routes

Coast Guard reminds public to avoid ice near active shipping routes
Transiting the ice near shipping lanes or Coast Guard transit lanes is dangerous. (U.S. Coast Guard graphic). SAULT SAINTE MARIE, Mich. — Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie reminds the public to stay away from active shipping lanes while partaking in recreational ice activities or using ice as a means of transportation. Ice is unpredictable and dangerous, significantly ranging in thickness in...

Coast Guard begins icebreaking operations in the western Great Lakes

Coast Guard begins icebreaking operations in the western Great Lakes
Coast Guard Cutter Alder file photo SAULT SAINTE MARIE, Mich. — U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie commenced Operation Taconite today in response to expanded ice growth in the commercial ports of western Lake Superior and the lower St. Marys River. Before ice impedes commercial navigation, icebreakers were assigned to each region. Today, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alder was assigned to manage...

Coast Guard begins Operation Taconite

Coast Guard begins Operation Taconite
The Coast Guard Cutter Alder breaks a path through the ice in the Keweenaw Waterway near Houghton, Mich., Dec. 16, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) SAULT SAINTE MARIE, Mich. – U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie commenced Operation Taconite Monday in response to developing ice conditions in the commercial ports of western Lake Superior and the St Marys River. Operation Taconite is the Coast...