Coast Guard begins icebreaking operations

Coast Guard begins icebreaking operations

SAULT STE. MARIE — With ice finally making its way into commercial ports on the Great Lakes, the U.S. Coast Guard is firing up its ice cutters.

Operation Taconite, the Guard’s annual ice removal operation, began this week. Cutters were dispatched to the ports of Green Bay, Duluth and Superior, as well as the St. Mary’s River to assist commercial navigation.

This is the Coast Guard’s largest domestic icebreaking operation. Part of the operation includes the closure of some channels on the St. Mary’s River and the implementation of additional restrictions for ships moving through icy locations.

[Photo courtesy U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City]