THUNDER BAY – Icebreaking Efforts in Thunder Bay are ongoing today, as the United States Coast Guard Adler is working to break up ice. Last week, efforts to keep the shipping tracks open were ongoing as the King of the Waters was working in the harbour and out in the bay on December 22nd, 2017.
Lake Superior has been seeing increased ice growth over the past week with the cold weather.
For the public, it is important to realize that the ice in the harbour, and out on the lake should be considered unsafe. The ship tracks are areas where the ice may not freeze over right away and it would be easy for someone to fall into the icy waters.
The efforts come as the shipping season grows in length. The Canadian Coast Guard provides icebreaking services for commercial ships, ferries and fishing vessels in ice-covered Canadian waters, including vessel escorts, harbour breakouts, maintaining shipping routes and providing ice information services. These services:
· Help to ensure safe navigation,
· Prevent the formation of ice jams and flooding, and
· Maintain open routes for maritime commerce.