U.S. Coast Guard icebreaking scheduled for March 20 in Lake Superior
The U.S. Coast Guard plans to navigate CGC Alder and heavy icebreaker CGC Mackinaw into Lake Superior about March 20, 2019 to commence icebreaking for the upcoming shipping season. The Alder and Mackinaw will be followed by the Canadian icebreaker CGS Samuel Risley, which homeports at Perry Sound, Ontario.
The trio will operate first in Whitefish Bay, then move west across Lake Superior. Additional support, if needed, may also come from the Canadian icebreaker CGS Pierre Radisson, which is slated to pass through the Soo Locks and into Lake Superior March 25, depending on the severity of ice conditions in eastern Lake Erie.
According to Mark Gill, Director of Vessel Traffic Services for the U.S. Coast Guard, the Alder and Mackinaw will make their way to the Port of Duluth-Superior and vicinity to assist in moving ships out of winter layup. Risley will assist in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Alder is scheduled to remain in the Duluth-Superior area after the initial icebreaking is completed.