Canadian Coast Guard to conduct icebreaking in Midland, Ontario

Canadian Coast Guard
CCGS Samuel Risley performs icebreaking duties on the St. Marys River, Ontario in March 2021. (CNW Group/Canadian Coast Guard)

The Canadian Coast Guard has issued an advisory to residents in Midland, Ontario regarding upcoming icebreaking operations in the area.

The CCGS Samuel Risley will be carrying out these activities on March 17 and 18, 2023, in preparation for the departure of CSL Frontenac from Midland Harbour on March 18, 2023. Breaking up the ice will allow for safe and efficient movement of this vessel.

While icebreaking operations are necessary to ensure safe navigation, the Canadian Coast Guard is reminding the public of the dangers of venturing onto the ice. The ice may move, creating a real danger for anyone on it. Therefore, it is important to familiarize oneself with ice safety tips and plan activities carefully. Additionally, even after the icebreaker has left the area, the ice may remain unstable, and extreme caution should be used.

Icebreaking on the Great Lakes and connecting waterways is a collaborative effort between the Canadian and United States Coast Guards. Through close cooperation, the two organizations ensure scheduled vessel traffic can move through shipping channels and in and out of community harbours. Vessels will be assigned as needed to provide this service.

It is important to note that the date and assets for icebreaking operations are subject to change without notice. Activities could begin before or after the scheduled period depending on operational requirements or weather conditions. The Canadian Coast Guard is committed to ensuring the safety and efficiency of vessel traffic in the area and appreciates the cooperation and understanding of the public during these operations.