Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay keeps commercial vessel traffic moving

Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay keeps commercial vessel traffic moving
CLEVELAND — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay has kept eight commercial vessels moving through the St. Marys River by conducting ice reconnaissance, grooming tracks and even providing direct assistance to two vessels that became beset by ice while in transit. The crew of the Biscayne Bay directly assisted: the motor vessel Presque Isle, a 1,000-foot tug/barge combination, Saturday; the...

Operation Fall Retrieve nearly finished as 2013/2014 ice-breaking season begins

Operation Fall Retrieve nearly finished as 2013/2014 ice-breaking season begins
CLEVELAND — As the Coast Guard 9th District’s Operation Fall Retrieve approaches completion throughout the Great Lakes, the agency, in partnership with Canadian and commercial entities, has begun ice-breaking operations as part of Operation Taconite in the western Great Lakes — lakes Superior and Michigan, the St. Marys River, the Straits of Mackinac, and northern Lake Huron. Operation Fall...

Coast Guard concludes ice-breaking season in Great Lakes

Coast Guard concludes ice-breaking season in Great Lakes
CLEVELAND — The 9th Coast Guard District and Canadian Coast Guard concluded Operation Taconite and Operation Coal Shovel, its ice-breaking operations in the Great Lakes Saturday, officially bringing the 2012-13 icebreaking season to a close. Under control of Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Operation Taconite is carried out in Lake Superior, the St. Mary’s River, the Straits...

Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay crew returns home after 4 months in Great Lakes

ROCKLAND, Maine — The crew of the 140-foot ice breaking tug Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay returned home to Rockland Tuesday after breaking ice for nearly four months in the Great Lakes. The Thunder Bay was temporarily assigned in the Great Lakes to augment the eight other Great Lakes-based icebreakers during Operation Taconite, a major Great Lakes ice-breaking operation. The crew of the CGC Thunder...

Rockland-based Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay crew to return home after 4 months of icebreaking

Rockland, ME – The Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay, a 140-foot ice-breaking tug homeported in Rockland, Maine is scheduled to return home Tuesday after breaking ice for nearly four months in the Great Lakes. The Thunder Bay was temporarily assigned in the Great Lakes to augment the eight other Great Lakes-based icebreakers during Operation Taconite, a major Great Lakes ice-breaking operation. The...

Wisconsin-based Coast Guard crew prepares for spring buoy operations

STURGEON BAY, Wis. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay, a 140-foot ice-breaking tug homeported here, is scheduled to begin returning seasonal buoys to waters in the Bay of Green Bay and near the outer Door Peninsula Monday. Mobile Bay is one of two 140-foot ice-breaking tugs operating in the Great Lakes equipped with a 120-foot aids-to-navigation barge. After spending the winter months...

Coast Guard concludes ice-breaking season in western Great Lakes

CLEVELAND — The 9th Coast Guard District concluded Operation Taconite, its ice-breaking operation in the western Great Lakes, Friday, officially bringing the 2011-12 icebreaking season to a close. Under control of Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Operation Taconite is carried out in Lake Superior, the St. Mary’s River, the Straits of Mackinac, and northern Lake Huron. Operation Taconite...

Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay departs Great Lakes after assisting with 2011-12 ice-breaking season

CLEVELAND — The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay departed Cleveland Wednesday afternoon to return to the cutter’s homeport of Rockland, Maine, after spending the winter breaking ice on the Great Lakes. Rear Adm. Michael Parks, commander of the 9th Coast Guard District, presided over a brief ceremony Wednesday to thank the crewmembers for their efforts. “Even though there...

Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay comes to aid of 2 vessels beset by ice in Straits of Mackinac

CLEVELAND — The crew of a Coast Guard cutter came to the aid of two vessels that became beset by ice in the Straits of Mackinac Friday night and Saturday morning. The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay, a 140-foot ice-breaking tug homeported in St. Ignace, Mich., aided the vessels while engaged in Operation Taconite, the Coast Guard’s largest domestic ice-breaking operation, which began...