The U.S. Coast Guard has announced it will conduct ice breaking operations in the bay of Green Bay in January 2017 in order to keep the shipping channel open for safe navigation and transport of economically-significant commercial shipments.
In particular, this will allow for petroleum products to continue arriving at the Port, while the only fuel pipeline between Milwaukee and Green Bay is shut down. The pipeline was closed indefinitely this past spring due to repair and reconstruction issues.
The Coast Guard will establish and maintain tracks through the ice from Rock Island Passage to the Fox River. The tracks through the ice will extend to Escanaba, Marinette-Menominee, Sturgeon Bay and Green Bay.
As many as three tanker transits destined for the Port of Green Bay are planned for the month of December and two to three transits for the month of January. Depending on local need, there could also be a transit or two in February.
Members of the public who fish, operate a snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle or otherwise recreate on the bay of Green Bay during periods of ice cover should be aware of this activity and watch for future announcements.
Prior to each ice breaking, a 72-hour advance notice to the public will occur via broadcast notice to mariners on VHF-FM marine radio channel 16, 21 or 23, as well as public outreach through media notification and social media outlets @USCGGreatLakes on Twitter and on Brown County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page.
For your convenience, you can download the notice and a map of the shipping routes through the bay.