Alder expected to begin icebreaking in Thunder Bay

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alder is breaking ice in western Lake Superior. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alder is breaking ice in western Lake Superior. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

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Created: March 12, 2021 11:21 AM

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alder's icebreaking operations are expected to reach the Port of Thunder Bay sometime around Tuesday, March 16.

The Alder began breaking ice in the Duluth and Superior harbors on Wednesday, March 10. It is also breaking ice in Two Harbors, Silver Bay, and Taconite Harbor.

The Canadian Coast Guard said in a news release issued March 12 that icebreaking in Thunder Bay could begin before or after March 16 depending on the weather and operational requirements. The Alder will be breaking ice for commercial vessels to access the port safely.

"All ice surface users should plan their ice activities carefully, use caution on the ice and avoid the shipping lanes and icebreaking operations.  Even if temperatures are cold, ice can be expected to be deteriorating naturally due to spring conditions and the effects of the sun. Extreme caution must be exercised should anyone venture out onto the ice. Unsafe ice conditions can persist long after an icebreaker has left the area," the Canadian Coast Guard said in a news release.

The Alder is also expected to break ice in Chequamegon Bay and possibly the west end of the Keweenaw Waterway.

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