Fair Warning: Icebreaking operations could begin this weekend in Midland area

Weather could be a factor

The Canadian Coast Guard advises icebreaking operations could begin this weekend in the Midland and Owen Sound areas.

This is to allow commercial vessels safe and efficient movement into and out of the harbours. Residents can expect to see the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley icebreaking in the area.

“Ice surface users should plan their ice activities carefully, use caution on the ice and avoid the shipping lanes and icebreaking operations. Broken and fragmented ice tracks and ridging left behind by passing icebreakers or commercial vessels may not freeze over immediately. This can result in hazardous conditions for ice users. In addition, newly fallen snow will obscure ship tracks. Unsafe ice conditions can persist long after icebreakers have left the area.”

– Canadian Coast Guard

Dates for the icebreaking operation are subject to change depending on operational requirements or weather conditions.