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Ice breaking for Thunder Bay port to start Tuesday

The Canadian Coast Guard has announced that ice breaking operations for the Port of Thunder Bay are slated to start on Tuesday.

Coast guard officials warn about unsafe ice in the wake of ice breaking operations

Coast guard officials say ice breaking for the Port of Thunder Bay is slated to start on Tuesday.
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The Canadian Coast Guard is advising that ice breaking operations in the Port of Thunder Bay are slated to start on Tuesday.

The work will be done by the United States Coast Guard cutter Alder, Canadian officials confirmed in a news release. 
U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alder to begin ice breaking in Port of Thunder Bay on Tuesday. (Facebook)

The vessel, which is home ported in Duluth, Minn. will break up the ice and establish tracks to assist commercial shipping into and out of the port. Officials are warning people that the work will make the ice in the area unsafe during and after the ship passes through.

"Broken and fragmented icy tracks left behind .... may not freeze over immediately," the release stated. "[Any] newly fallen snow may obscure....ship tracks and changes in weather contribute to unsafe ice conditions that may remain long after the ships have left the area."

The coast guard said the ice breaking is scheduled is take two days.


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