The Great Lakes Group

Ice Breaking

The Towing Company provides commercial ice breaking in ports and harbors and well as docks and slips throughout the Great Lakes. Our tugs are capable of breaking ice of up to three feet thick and windrows up to six feet high.  The Great Lakes Towing Company collaborates and coordinates its ice breaking operations with the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaking task groups on the Great Lakes, namely Sector Detroit’s “Operation Taconite” and Sector Sault Ste Marie’s “Operation Coal Shovel.”  “Operation Taconite” is the largest domestic icebreaking operation in the United States.  The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards provide icebreaking assistance in waters where commercial icebreaking resources are either unavailable or incapable of handling the difficult ice conditions.

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