Carriers, Coast Guard ready for ice-breaking operations

Dec 19, 2012 | 12:43 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Coast Guard, ice-breaking cutter, icebreakers, Lake Carriers' Association, Glen Nekvasil, iron ore, coal, seasonal lock closures Corinna Petry

CHICAGO — The U.S. Coast Guard ice-breaking vessel Thunder Bay arrived Friday in Cleveland ahead of the winter season on the Great Lakes to assist other Coast Guard ice-breakers during Operations Coal Shovel and Taconite, the largest ice-breaking operations in the country, according to the Coast Guard.

"Last year, the Great Lakes area experienced an abnormally warmer winter without much ice, but the Coast Guard wants to be prepared for anything," Cmdr. Keith Ropella, chief of the 9th Coast Guard District’s Waterways Management Branch, said in a statement.....

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