Coast Guard begins ice breaking operation in western Great Lakes

CLEVELAND — The U.S. Coast Guard began ice breaking operations Wednesday as part of Operation Taconite, in response to colder temperatures and ice growth in the western Great Lakes region. Coordinated by Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Operation Taconite is the Coast Guard’s largest domestic ice breaking operation, encompassing lakes Superior and Michigan, the St. Mary’s River, the...

Maine-based Coast Guard Cutter arrives in Great Lakes for 2011/2012 ice breaking season

CLEVELAND — The Maine-based Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay arrived at its temporary homeport at the Cleveland Moorings Monday, to assist in the service’s ice breaking mission in the Great Lakes throughout the winter months. While in the region, the crew of the Thunder Bay, a 140-foot ice breaking tug from Rockland, Maine, will assist other Coast Guard icebreakers during Operations Coal Shovel...

Maine Coast Guard Cutter to deploy to Great Lakes

BOSTON — The Maine-based Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay is scheduled to deploy to the Great Lakes Nov. 29, 2011, to assist in the service’s icebreaking mission there throughout the winter months. The crew of the Thunder Bay, a 140-foot icebreaking tug, will arrive in the Great Lakes region a few weeks after it departs its homeport of Rockland, Maine. While there, the crew will assist other...

Coast Guard ice breaking season ends in western Great Lakes

File photo courtesy of Motor Vessel Presque Isle. The end of Operation Taconite in the western Great Lakes Wednesday brought the U.S. Coast Guard ice breaking season to a close. Operations Taconite and Coal Shovel, the latter of which ended April 7, 2011 in the upper Great Lakes, are the largest bi-national domestic ice breaking efforts. Operation Taconite is carried out in Lake Superior, the St. Mary’s...

Cutter Morro Bay to depart Cleveland for home after spending winter in the Great Lakes

Rear Adm. Michael Parks presents the Great Lakes Sailor certificate to Lt. Cmdr. Doug Wyatt, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay. Photo by Petty Officer George DegenerCLEVELAND – The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay is scheduled to depart here Friday after spending the winter breaking ice on the Great Lakes. Rear Adm. Michael Parks, commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District,...

Coast Guard completes ice breaking operation in lower Great Lakes

USCG Cutter Morro Bay file photoDetroit, Mich. – The end of Operation Coal Shovel, Thursday, brings the Coast Guard icebreaking season on the lower Great Lakes to a close. Operations Coal Shovel and Taconite, the latter of which is still ongoing in the upper Great Lakes, are the largest bi-national domestic icebreaking efforts. Operation Coal Shovel is carried out in the St. Lawrence Seaway,...

Coast Guard icebreaking fleet works hard to maintain commerce

CLEVELAND – As frigid winter weather continues to assault the nation, U.S. Coast Guardsmen are braving the elements and working hard aboard Great Lakes icebreakers, where they remain ready for maritime emergencies and ready to clear waterways for commerce. Every year, icebreakers throughout the Great Lakes facilitate the safe transport of cargo with an average total economic value of more than...

Coast Guard Sector Detroit begins ice breaking operation early

Canadian coast guard icebreaker Griffon and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay work to flush the ice jam in the St. Clair River March 21, 2010. Photo courtesy of Motor Vessel Presque Isle. . DETROIT – The U.S. Coast Guard commenced Operation Coal Shovel today after colder temperatures caused a rapid development of ice in the eastern Great Lakes. Originally scheduled to begin Friday, Operation...

Great Lakes Coast Guard icebreakers operating as 2010-2011 ice breaking season begins

USCG Cutter Morro Bay file photoCLEVELAND – The Ninth Coast Guard District is taking steps to safeguard the people and property of the Great Lakes as the 2010-2011 ice breaking season begins. The two traditional Great Lakes ice breaking operations are Operation Taconite, which commenced on Dec. 6, and Operation Coal Shovel, which is scheduled to commence on Friday. Operation Taconite, under the...