9th District Great Lakes Public Affairs
April 16, 2014
Ninth Coast Guard District
Contact: U.S. Coast Guard Great Lakes
Office: (216) 902-6020
Mobile: (216) 310-2608
CORRECTION: VIDEO: Coast Guard breaks way for industry
Editor's Note: The video web link on the previous version of this release no longer works.
The harbor breakout operations commenced following a difficult and lengthy escort that started in Duluth, Minn., and utilized satellite imagery to find openings in the ice.
The crews’ efforts helped keep local mining operations open by allowing the commercial carriers Mesabi Miner and Kaye E. Barker to offload badly-needed coal to the power plant that is the sole supplier of electricity to the mines. Ice in Marquette harbor was reported to be up to 24 inches thick.
The Coast Guard ice breaking fleet has worked diligently throughout this historically gruelling winter to keep commerce moving throughout the Great Lakes despite significant ice coverage.
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