Conducting icebreaking operations on the Great Lakes
Dec. 19, 2019
Global Korean Post
The Canadian Coast Guard’s annual icebreaking season on the Great Lakes is underway. On the Great Lakes, icebreaking services are provided by the Canadian Coast Guard and the United States Coast Guard working together as one team. Last season alone, both Coast Guards directly assisted 522 ship transits on the Great Lakes. These services are critical to keeping the Canadian economy moving, and facilitating trade on our shared waters year round.
Although the St. Lawrence Seaway, Welland Canal and Sault Ste. Marie Locks are closed during the winter months, shipping is still active on the Great Lakes. The Canadian Coast Guard has two icebreakers assigned to the Great Lakes for the entire winter season: the CCGS Griffon and CCGS Samuel Risley. They are also supported by additional Coast Guard vessels during the icebreaking season.
Coast Guard icebreaking service is an economic enabler. Icebreaking is an important government service that helps the Canadian and United States economies.
In 2018-2019, south of 60 degrees, in central and eastern Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard responded to 1330 requests for icebreaking.
In 2018-2019, both Coast Guards directly assisted 522 ship transits on the Great Lakes.