timberland boot company Coast Guard cutters break ice as Lake Erie freezes
The Indiana Harbor was beset by ice in the Middle Channel, St. Clair River, Tuesday, and was broken out of ice by the Neah Bay.
The Hon Paul J. Martin became beset by ice in western Lake Erie, Tuesday, and was broken out by the Morro Bay.
The James R. Barker was first beset by ice in western Lake Erie and broken out by the tug Calusa Coast, Tuesday,
but it subsequently became beset again and was freed of the ice by the Morro Bay.
Lake Erie is the shallowest of the Great Lakes and as a result, the fastest to freeze.
Currently, ice coverage on Lake Erie is over 20%, well above the seasonal norm of 5% for this time of year. Weather reports indicate that Lake Erie will build up more ice over the next week. With the shipping season set to end on January 15, 2018, Coast Guard cutters will continue to break ice to ensure that waterways stay navigable for cargo ships on the Great Lakes.
The Coast Guard’s ice breaking mission includes not only facilitation of commercial navigation, but also the provision of ice breaking services for search and rescue,
emergency operations and flood mitigation.