Coast Guard begins Operation Renew in Northeast for Icebreaking Season

Coast Guard begins Operation Renew in Northeast for Icebreaking Season
BOSTON — With the National Weather Service reporting frigid arctic air settling over New England Thursday night with lows in the single digits, Coast Guard cutters are poised to work hard to keep vital shipping lanes open during the icebreaking season. The season officially started Dec. 12 and runs through March. During the Coast Guard’s 2016-2017 winter ice breaking season, known as Operation...

Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay returns home following one of the harshest winters on record

Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay returns home following one of the harshest winters on record
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)\(Coast Guard photo by Lt. Ken Sauerbrunn) BOSTON — Following a 61-day deployment on the Hudson River, the Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay returned to their homeport of Rockland, Maine yesterday after conducting icebreaking operations...

Coast Guard breaks ice to relieve flood danger in Maine

Coast Guard breaks ice to relieve flood danger in Maine
The Coast Guard Cutter Bridle breaks ice on the Penobscot River in Maine March 17, 2015. Operation renewable energy for Northeast Winters. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Marc Moore) BOSTON – Following one the harshest New England winters on record, the Coast Guard is preparing to clear ice jams threatening to flood the Penobscot River banks in Maine. As the ice chokes points along...

Coast Guard Cutter Line ensures delivery of vital home heating oil to Port Jefferson

Coast Guard Cutter Line ensures delivery of vital home heating oil to Port Jefferson
The Line breaking a vessel out of the ice near West Point, NY NEW YORK – The Coast Guard Cutter Line helped facilitate the delivery of 60,000 barrels of home heating oil on Saturday and another 78,000 barrels on Sunday to Port Jefferson, New York. Without the deliveries made during this weekend, more than 1 million customers throughout the Long Island area would have been without home heating oil. The...

Coast Guard assets, tugboat break vessel out of ice near West Point, N.Y.

Coast Guard assets, tugboat break vessel out of ice near West Point, N.Y.
Crew members from the Coast Guard Cutters Line and Willow worked with a commercial contracted tug to break tug Maryland out of thick ice near West Point, N.Y., Feb. 18, 2015. NEW YORK – Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutters Line and Willow worked with a commercial contracted tug to break tug Maryland out of thick ice near West Point, New York, Wednesday. Tugboat Maryland notified Coast Guard Sector...

Operation RENEW in full swing during worst icebreaking season in past decade

Operation RENEW in full swing during worst icebreaking season in past decade
NEW YORK – Coast Guard crews continue to support Operation Reliable Energy for Northeast Winters (OP RENEW) during what has become the worst ice season on record in the past decade. OP RENEW is the Coast Guard’s region-wide effort to ensure Northeast communities have the security, supplies, and emergency resources they need throughout the winter. “Ice conditions encountered thus far in 2015...

Coast Guard begins Operation Renew in Northeast for icebreaking season

Coast Guard begins Operation Renew in Northeast for icebreaking season
BOSTON —The Coast Guard’s winter icebreaking season has officially kicked off in the Northeast, starting Dec. 15 and running through March. During the Coast Guard’s 2014-2015 winter ice breaking season, known as Operation Reliable Energy for NorthEast Winters (RENEW), the Coast Guard will conduct ice breaking operations for several reasons: *     To facilitate security operations...

AUXAIR: Coast Guard’s volunteer ice hunters

AUXAIR: Coast Guard’s volunteer ice hunters
Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta Disco NEW YORK – Coast Guard Auxiliarist Ron Kaplan arrived at the fixed-base operator (FBO) bright and early on a cold dark February Saturday morning dressed in a sage green flight suit with matching bomber jacket, glasses and neatly groomed blondish-gray hair and goatee. He walked in, with a black business briefcase in tow, and was greeted by the manager...

Coast Guard Cutter relocates to break ice on Connecticut River

Coast Guard Cutter relocates to break ice on Connecticut River
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – As a part of the Coast Guard’s Operation Renew, the Coast Guard Cutter Bollard has been temporarily relocated from New Haven to Middletown, Conn. “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...