Coast Guard ends Operation Coal Shovel, Operation Taconite continues

Coast Guard ends Operation Coal Shovel, Operation Taconite continues
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay assists the tug Anglian Lady and barge Ironmaster through Mud Lake Junction in the St. Marys River March 29, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Gould). CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard ended Operation Coal Shovel, a domestic icebreaking operation, Monday. Coal Shovel encompasses ice-breaking in southern Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, the...

Coast Guard cutters break ice as Lake Erie freezes

Coast Guard cutters break ice as Lake Erie freezes
The 304-meter motor vessel Indiana Harbor sits stuck in ice in the St. Clair River awaiting to be freed, January 2, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) CLEVELAND — U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay and Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay, 140-foot bay class ice-breaking tugs home-ported in Cleveland, freed multiple vessels beset by ice in western Lake Erie and the St. Clair River, Tuesday and Wednesday. The...

Coast Guard continues ice breaking operations for bay of Green Bay

Coast Guard continues ice breaking operations for bay of Green Bay
Coast Guard Cutter Mackiaw File Photo MILWAUKEE — The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to break ice at approximately 8 a.m. Monday and Tuesday in support of Operation Taconite for two shipments arriving in the Port of Green Bay. Ice breaking transits will increase in frequency for the first three weeks of January. The Coast Guard will establish and maintain tracks through the ice from Rock Island Passage...

Coast Guard begins ice breaking operations for bay of Green Bay

Coast Guard begins ice breaking operations for bay of Green Bay
Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw File Photo MILWAUKEE — The Coast Guard has commenced ice breaking operations in the bay of Green Bay, Thursday, to ensure the safe navigation and overall safe transport of economically-significant commercial shipments. Ice breaking efforts will continue periodically throughout the months of December 2017 and January 2018. In support of the Port of Green Bay, the Coast...

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...

U.S., Canadian Coast Guards meet for annual ice conference in Cleveland

U.S., Canadian Coast Guards meet for annual ice conference in Cleveland
Rear Adm. Joanna Nunan, the commander of the Coast Guard 9th District, stands with Julie Gascon, the Canadian Coast Guard assistant commissioner for the Central and Arctic Region, Nov. 2, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher M. Yaw) CLEVELAND — The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards met at the Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building in Cleveland Wednesday and Thursday...

Coast Guard concludes ice breaking operations on Western Great Lakes

Coast Guard concludes ice breaking operations on Western Great Lakes
USCG File Photo SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — The U.S. Coast Guard has concluded its domestic ice breaking operations in support of commercial navigation, known as Operation Taconite, throughout the Western Great Lakes, Tuesday. As a result of warmer temperatures this winter, ice coverage was less than the multi-year average and had no significant impact on commercial navigation on the Great Lakes. Nearly...

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...

Coast Guard prepares for bay of Green Bay ice breaking operations

Coast Guard prepares for bay of Green Bay ice breaking operations
MILWAUKEE — In January 2017 the U.S. Coast Guard will commence ice breaking operations in the bay of Green Bay to ensure the safe navigation and overall safe transport of economically-significant commercial shipments. In support of the Port of Green Bay, the Coast Guard will establish and maintain tracks through the ice from Rock Island Passage to the Fox River. The tracks through the ice will extend...