ice breaking operations

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   The U.S. Coast Guard has wrapped up icebreaking operations for the season in the western Great Lakes. 

Mild winter temperatures produced below-average ice cover on the lakes. The Coast Guard says ice had no significant effect on commercial navigation this year, and nearly all the ice that formed has melted.

Six Coast Guard cutters assigned to the mission conducted nearly 2,200 hours of domestic icebreaking in support of U.S. and Canadian shipping interests.

HOUGHTON, MI--   At the request of local officials the U.S. Coast Guard will conduct ice-breaking operations in the Keweenaw Waterway starting Monday.

The cutter will make its approach from the east and enter at Keweenaw Bay. It will transit west through Portage Lake, ending at the upper entry and exiting into the open waters of Lake Superior.

All recreational users of the Keweenaw Waterway should plan their activities carefully and use caution near the ice.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The U.S. Coast Guard continues ice-breaking activities this week, in anticipation of the opening of the Soo Locks on Saturday. 

Wednesday morning a cutter will conduct spring breakout operations on the St. Mary’s River near Pipe and Drummond Islands.  It will open the Pipe Island Passage and circumnavigate Drummond Island along the International Boundary Line into the North Channel.

Ferry service to Sugar Island could be disrupted

Mar 16, 2015
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SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   Ice-breaking in an around the St. Marys River near Sault Ste. Marie could delay ferry operations for residents on Sugar Island.

U.S. Coast Guard Captain Steve Teschendorf says minor delays could start Monday and last a week.  The Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw will be brought up Monday afternoon to help the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers break ice from approaches to the Soo Locks.

Teschendorf says the Mackinaw could disturb harbor ice and send it downriver into the narrow channel separating Sugar Island from the mainland.

St. Mary's ice breaking begins

Mar 13, 2015

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   The U.S. Coast Guard is beginning to prepare for the upcoming shipping season with ice breaking operations in the St. Marys River. 

The work is scheduled to begin Friday in the lower part of the river near DeTour and will extend north to the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie. The Evening News reports the U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Mackinaw, Biscayne Bay, Mobile Bay and Katmai Bay will conduct the ice breaking work.

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A trio of U.S. Coast Guard cutters has arrived in western Lake Superior to help iron ore ships navigate the Great Lakes.
The USCGC Mackinaw, along with two smaller ice cutters, arrived in the Duluth port Monday evening. They will be headed to Two Harbors Wednesday to help lead lakers filled with iron ore down to the steel mills on the lower Great Lakes.
It's the first time since World War II that several cutters are needed because of the volume of ice. 

Ice cutter navigates St. Mary's River

Dec 16, 2013

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   The U.S. Coast Guard says ice-breaking operations have begun on the St. Mary's River in the Eastern Upper Peninsula.  

The Cutter Biscayne Bay is working to aid commercial shipping on the river, which separates Michigan from the Canadian province of Ontario.

DULUTH, MN (AP)--   In a sure sign that spring will eventually arrive, ice breaking activity is slated to begin on Lake Superior.  

On Monday the U.S. Coast Guard will start breaking ice in the waters of Duluth Harbor in preparation for the 2013 shipping season. 

Officials say operations will expand and increase in frequency as the ice and shipping demands require.  They’ll include navigable waters in and around the ports of Duluth and Superior, as well as the waters of Silver Bay, Taconite Harbor, and Two Harbors in Minnesota.