Coast Guard ice breaking ends on Great LakesCommander, Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie concluded Operation Taconite Thursday morning.
Commander, Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie concluded ice breaking operations, known as Operation Taconite, Thursday morning. With the ice throughout the Western Great Lakes nearly melted, ice breaking in support of commercial navigation is no longer required.
Operation Taconite, the nation’s largest ice breaking operation, began on Dec. 17. During the 129 days of the ice breaking operation, nine U.S. Coast Guard and one Canadian Coast Guard ice breakers assigned to the operation spent more than 3914 hours in the ice and conducted 821 vessel assists. Additionally, aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, MI flew reconnaissance flights which greatly enhanced the mission effectiveness of the cutters working below. U.S. and Canadian shipping companies moved several million tons of iron ore, coal, limestone, road salt and petroleum cargoes during the operational period.
Further inquiries can be made by phone to Sault Vessel Traffic Service at (906) 635-3232 or via email at SOOTFC@USCG.MIL.