THUNDER BAY – The Canadian Coast Guard would like to advise residents that the CCGS Samuel Risley will carry out icebreaking operations in the area on March 22 to start the initial harbour breakout.
Breaking up the ice will allow for the safe and efficient movement of commercial vessels and the Canadian Coast Guard reminds the public that it can be very dangerous to venture onto the ice and suggest that they familiarize themselves with their ice safety tips as the ice may move, creating a real danger for anyone on it.
Additionally, residents are advised to plan activities carefully and use extreme caution after operations are complete as the ice will remain unstable even once the icebreaker has left the area.
Icebreaking on the Great Lakes and connecting waterways is delivered through close co-operation between the Canadian and United States Coast Guards who, together, ensure scheduled vessel traffic can move through the shipping channels and in and out of community harbours.
Vessels are assigned as needed to provide this service and the date and assets are subject to change with no notice, as activities could begin before or after that period, depending on operational requirements or weather conditions.