SAULT SAINTE MARIE, Mich. (WLUC) - U.S. Coast Guard Cutter MOBILE BAY will begin the escort of M/V ALGOSTEEL on Sunday, Jan. 14. The ice breaking work will commence at Rock Island Passage and end at the Fox River Entrance. The ship is carrying salt destined for the Port of Green Bay. Additional ice breaking work is scheduled for Jan. 15-18. This work will involve a delivery of fuel products to Green Bay, and culminate with activity in Sturgeon Bay and Escanaba to facilitate the winter layup of eight ships.
These ice breaking operations are a part of Operation Taconite, the U.S. Coast Guard’s largest domestic ice-breaking operation. The operation encompasses Lake Superior, St. Marys River, the Straits of Mackinac, Georgian Bay and all of Lake Michigan, including the bay of Green Bay.
Coast Guard waterway managers balance the needs of commercial operators moving the cargoes that fuel industry with those of recreational users enjoying the pristine natural beauty of the Great Lakes. Those who choose to recreate on or near ice-covered waterways may potentially put themselves at increased risk when recreating near still-operational shipping lanes. Members of the public who fish, operate a snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle or otherwise recreate on the bay of Green Bay during periods of ice cover should focus on this and future announcements to better inform their preparations.
The Coast Guard recommends all recreational ice users plan their activities carefully, dress appropriately, use caution on the ice, and stay away from shipping channels. Recreational users should stay tuned to local media resources for the status of regional waterway closures.
For more information contact U.S. Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan at (414) 747-7190.