Coast Guard Is Ready to Clear Frozen Waterways

Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw breaks ice
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw (WLBB-30) breaks ice and maintains Aids to Navigation across the Great Lakes, Feb. 13, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

BOSTON — The Coast Guard says it's ready for the ice-breaking season with the arrival of colder temperatures.

The Coast Guard is placing special ice buoys this month and will begin breaking ice once it forms.

The Coast Guard says its operations are vital to keeping people warm this winter. It says 85% of heating oil is consumed in the Northeast, and 90% is delivered on a waterway that's maintained by the Coast Guard.

The coordinated effort with the maritime industry ensures vital ports of the Northeast remain open year-round.

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