Icebreaking Season Begins in Northeast
December 16, 2014
The Coast Guard’s 2014-15 winter icebreaking season has officially kicked off in the Northeast. It will run through March.
Ice-breaking operations are conducted for the following reasons:
To facilitate security operations with ports, waterways and coastal security missions
- To help prevent loss of life on the water and ashore when impacted by ice
- To provide urgent response to vessels directly impacted by ice
- To support communities’ need for fuel, food and medical supplies
- To assist in preventing or easing flood conditions
- To meet the reasonable demands of commerce to facilitate navigation on frozen, navigable waterways
According to a Coast Guard press release, 75% of all heating oil used in the U.S. is transported through New England, New York and New Jersey. Ninety-percent of that is delivered by barges through Coast Guard-protected ports.