Coast Guard 2018 icebreaking season is underway

Coast Guard 2018 icebreaking season is underway
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Shackle, a 65-foot Small Harbor Tug, breaks ice.. (U.S. Coast Guard file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Barresi) BOSTON — The Coast Guard launched its ice breaking season Monday, as winter’s cold temperatures are anticipated to impact every port, waterway, and harbor in the Northeast. Operation Reliable Energy for Northeast Winters (OpRENEW) is the Coast...

Coast Guard ice breaking cutters make progress on the Connecticut River

Coast Guard ice breaking cutters make progress on the Connecticut River
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bollard, a 65-foot Small Harbor Tug, transits on the ice-covered Connecticut River near Essex, Connecticut, Jan. 18, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Frank Iannazzo-Simmons) NEW YORK — Coast Guard cutters continue to steadily break ice jams in the Connecticut River to prevent flooding and help the broken ice drift down river and out to Long Island...

Coast Guard ice breakers make progress on the Penobscot River

Coast Guard ice breakers make progress on the Penobscot River
Coast Guard Cutter Tackle file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class LaNola Stone BOSTON – Coast Guard ice breakers continue to steadily break ice in the Penobscot River Thursday to help the broken ice drift down river and out to sea. The Rockland-based Coast Guard Cutter Tackle, and Southwest Harbor-based Coast Guard Cutter Bridle crews have been working in tandem to break the ice during the high tide,...

Frigid temperatures keep Coast Guard crews busy breaking ice on Hudson River

Frigid temperatures keep Coast Guard crews busy breaking ice on Hudson River
Coast Guard Cutter Hawser, a 65-foot Small Harbor Tug, transits north on the ice-covered Hudson River near Albany, New York, Jan. 5, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Steve Strohmaier) NEW YORK – Despite slightly warmer temperatures recently, Coast Guard ice breaking crews remain busy on the Hudson River keeping a path open for commercial vessels and breaking free those beset...

Coast Guard allows Weymouth Fore River Bridge open during rush hour to facilitate vital fuel deliveries

Coast Guard allows Weymouth Fore River Bridge open during rush hour to facilitate vital fuel deliveries
BOSTON — Effective immediately, the Captain of the Port will authorize the Weymouth Fore River Bridge to open to vessels during weekday rush hour to facilitate the delivery of critical fuel. The Coast Guard will allow the bridge openings on an as-needed basis, which may impact vehicular traffic. Normally on weekdays, the Weymouth Fore River Bridge is closed to large vessels from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m....

Freezing temperatures keep Coast Guard ice breakers busy in Maine

Freezing temperatures keep Coast Guard ice breakers busy in Maine
A Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team South Portland 49-foot Buoy Utility Stern Loading (BUSL) boat is photographed in ice Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 in Fore River, Maine. A BUSL is used to service buoys and can also be used for ice breaking operations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) BOSTON — This winter’s record cold temperatures are keeping Coast Guard crews busy as they work daily to keep waterways...

Coast Guard prepares for powerful winter storm in Northeast

Coast Guard prepares for powerful winter storm in Northeast
BOSTON – Coast Guard units across the Northeast are gearing up as a powerful winter storm with damaging winds, snowfall, and potential for coastal flooding is expected to impact our area Thursday. The Boston-based 270-foot Coast Guard Cutter Seneca, will stage offshore to provide search and rescue coverage if needed, and shore based units are standing ready to deploy if necessary. As conditions deteriorate...

Coast Guard responds to two vessels beset by ice in Hudson River

Coast Guard responds to two vessels beset by ice in Hudson River
Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot Bay helps break free tug Stephanie Dann from the ice on the Hudson River near Kingston, New York, January 2, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot Bay) NEW YORK – The Coast Guard assisted two vessels beset by ice in the Hudson River, Tuesday morning. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector New York command center were notified Sunday...

Coast Guard kicks off ice breaking season in Northeast

Coast Guard kicks off ice breaking season in Northeast
Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay file photo by Lt. Ken Sauerbrunn BOSTON — The Coast Guard kicked off their ice-breaking season Monday, as winter’s cold temperatures are anticipated to impact every port, waterway, and harbor 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,...