The Coast Guard said Wednesday that Operation Taconite is being coordinated out of the Coast Guard’s Sault Ste. Marie sector. It covers lakes Superior and Michigan; as well as the St. Mary’s River, the Straits of Mackinac and northern Lake Huron.
A second ice-breaking operation will begin later this winter.
Operation Coal Shovel will cover the eastern Great Lakes region — including lakes Erie and Ontario, the Detroit and St. Clair rivers, Lake St. Clair, and southern Lake Huron.
The U.S. Coast Guard said it works closely with the Canadian Coast Guard and maritime industry representatives to ensure critical shipping paths are open when needed.