By Paul Schmitt
The United States Coast Guard has started ice breaking operations this week in the Green Bay area including Sturgeon Bay. The process will take several weeks as Coast Guard Cutters Mackinaw and Mobile Bay will do the majority of the work, according to Mark Gill, director of traffic services for the United States Coast Guard in Sault Ste. Marie. He says the process is crucial for the winter fleet to head out on Lake Michigan this spring.
Gill says after this weekend the Mobile Bay will be replaced by the Hollyhock which is a buoy-tender that has some ice-breaking capability to keep the track open in the canal and provide assistance to local commercial tugs until the ice is no longer a threat to navigation. He expects the operations to continue until mid-April.