Icebreaking Missions in Western Great Lakes Over for Season
Ice throughout the Western Great Lakes is nearly all melted, so the Coast Guard is officially done with icebreaking operations for this season. The Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie began Operation Taconite in December. It is the nation's largest ice breaking operation. During the 109 days of the operation, the seven US and two Canadian Coast Guard ice breakers assigned spent more than 1581 hours in the ice. They also conducted 99 vessel assists. Aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City also assisted, which greatly helped with the mission. This major operation helped US and Canadian shipping companies move several million tons of iron ore, coal, limestone, road salt and petroleum cargoes.