Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

March 24, 2015 20:42 ET

Spring Icebreaking Operations at Goderich Ontario March 26, 2015

MONTRÉAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - March 24, 2015) -

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The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), in partnership with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) warned today of potentially unsafe ice conditions in the vicinity of icebreaking operations and shipping routes in the Great Lakes. Icebreaking operations to assist commercial shipping are currently underway in various areas of the Great Lakes.

A Coast Guard icebreaker, USCGC Hollyhock, will be working to clear a path into the port of Goderich, Ontario, on Thursday, March 26, 2015.

Dates and routes are subject to change with little or no notice, due to weather, ice conditions, shipping schedules or other unexpected situations.

Broken and fragmented icy tracks, left behind by icebreaking operations and other ship traffic may not freeze over immediately. Newly fallen snow may obscure icebreaker and ship tracks and changes in weather contribute to unsafe ice conditions that may remain long after the ships have left the area. All ice, on or near the planned shipping routes and icebreaking operations, should be considered unsafe during and after ship transits through these routes. The CCG, the USCG and the OPP are advising everyone to stay clear of these areas.

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