Coast Guard Kicks off Ice-Breaking Season

The Coast Guard kicked off its ice-breaking season Monday, Dec. 18, as cold temperatures are anticipated to impact every port, waterway, and harbor in the Northeast.

Operation Reliable Energy for Northeast Winters (RENEW) is the Coast Guard’s region-wide effort to ensure Northeast communities have the security, supplies, energy, and emergency resources they need throughout the winter.

During the Coast Guard’s 2017-2018 winter ice-breaking season, the Coast Guard will conduct ice-breaking operations for several reasons, with the priorities being:

Ports & Waterways/Search & Rescue: Facilitate security operations or help prevent loss of life on the water or ashore.

Urgent Response to Vessels: Address situations that have a high probability of becoming hazardous.

Exigent Community Services: Support communities that have need for fuel (petroleum, LPG, LNG), food, and medical supplies, and assist in preventing or easing flood conditions.

Facilitation of NavigationMeet the “reasonable demands of commerce.”  Coast Guard crews are also replacing aids to navigation with special ice buoys designed to ride underneath ice floes and remain on location.


Other missions include: Crew training and proficiency; research and development, and science.