DETROIT (AP) - The
U.S. Coast Guard says it has wrapped up more than four months of icebreaking
to open shipping lanes on the lower Great Lakes.
Five U.S. and three
Canadian vessels worked to clear paths on Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, the St.
Lawrence Seaway, the Detroit and St. Clair rivers, and southern Lake Huron.
Air crews with the
Coast Guard’s Detroit station and the Canadian Coast Guard provided
information about ice concentrations that enable ships to be deployed where
needed most. Crews assisted 184 vessels.
work began Dec. 15 and ended Monday. The icebreaking season was considerably
longer than last year’s, which began Jan. 3 and ended March 23.
Work continues to
break ice for ships on Lake Superior and the northern sections of Lakes
Huron and Michigan.