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News Release

April 16, 2014

Ninth Coast Guard District

Contact: U.S. Coast Guard Great Lakes


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CORRECTION: VIDEO: Coast Guard breaks way for industry

Morro Bay breaks ice in Marquette Mich.

In this accelerated video the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay, homeported in Cleveland, breaks ice in Marquette harbor in Marquette, Mich., April 13, 2014. The crew battled 24-inch plate ice during the operation.

U.S. Coast Guard video courtesy of Shawn Malone/Lake Superior Photo

Editor's Note: The video web link on the previous version of this release no longer works. 

Coast Guard Cutters Morro Bay and Katmai Bay, homeported in Cleveland and Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., conducted ice breaking operations in Marquette, Mich., Sunday.

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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