Icebreaking at Midland, Ontario

News release

January 11, 2023

Sarnia, Ontario – The Canadian Coast Guard advises residents in Midland, Ontario that the CCGS Griffon will carry out icebreaking operations in the area on January 12th, 2023.

The purpose of these operations is to break up the ice to allow commercial vessels safe and efficient movement in and out of the port.

It is recommended that all traffic on the ice, including pedestrians, fishers, snowmobilers, and all-terrain vehicle operators, leave the ice during icebreaking operations. The ice may move, creating a real danger for anyone on it. Additionally, plan activities carefully and use extreme caution after operations are complete. Unstable ice conditions remain long after the icebreaker has left the area.

Icebreaking on the Great Lakes and connecting waterways is delivered through close co-operation between the Canadian and United States Coast Guards. By working together, the two Coast Guards ensure scheduled vessel traffic can move through the shipping channels and in and out of community harbours. Vessels will be assigned as needed to provide this service.

The date and assets are subject to change with no notice, as activities could begin before or after that period, depending on operational requirements or weather conditions.

Further information on the Canadian/U.S. Coast Guard icebreaking partnership can be viewed here.

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Jeremy Hennessy
Communications Advisor
Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Canadian Coast, Guard Central Region


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