Operation Coal Shovel by the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards continues. The program consists of multiple seasonal domestic ice breaking operations in the southern parts of Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair and Detroit River systems, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
As of Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaking vessels have accounted for 493 working hours and have assisted 53 ships during Operation Coal Shovel, which was initiated on January 8th.
The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards have a major part in the process of allowing the transporting of vital iron ore, coal, salt, limestone, oil derivatives, cement and other cargoes.
U.S. and Canadian crew members coordinate, perform and monitor maintenance, provide vessel assistance when needed and carry out flushing operations in order to minimize the risk of residential flooding.
Operation Coal Shovel’s aim is to reopen the Great lakes maritime transportation system, as quickly as possible, for the movement of commercial ships that might have become stuck in the ice.
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