St Lawrence SeawayThe St Lawrence Seaway officially opened to shipping on Mar 31 while the Welland Canal, which connects Lakes Ontario and Erie, opened on Apr 4.

Of the 10 US Coast Guard cutters in the Great Lakes, nine are icebreakers whose crews have worked alongside four Canadian Coast Guard ships.

On Apr 2, Commander Matt Berge, of the USCG, said: “The Great Lakes have reached near-record ice coverage this winter season, and it has caused a major slow down for commercial shippers. We expect to be ice breaking well into May.”

More on this and other news in Sea Breezes Magazine - June 2014 Issue
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