Notice of Public Interest – Spring icebreaking on St. Lawrence River between Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets and Sorel

News Release

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) advises people living nearby or using the shores of the St. Lawrence River, that spring icebreaking operations will begin between Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets and Sorel, on Monday February 19, 2018. The date is subject to change without notice and icebreaking could begin after that date, according to operational needs or the prevailing weather conditions.

These annual activities are intended to free the river from the pack ice that has formed in recent weeks. They also aim to dislodge ice at the mouths of the tributaries in order to prevent ice jams and flooding that can result from the spring break-up. The icebreaker CCGS Pierre-Radisson and hovercrafts CCGS Mamilossa and CCGS Sipu Muin will carry out the operation.

The CCG strongly recommends that pedestrians, fishermen and snowmobilers get off the ice when they see the icebreaker or hovercraft in the area. The ice may move, and this may create a real danger for anyone in the area. Owners of facilities or equipment on the ice should move them safely ashore before operations begin.

The Pierre-Radisson has a red hull with a transverse white band and a white funnel bearing a maple leaf. The Mamilossa and the Sipu Muin are air-cushion vehicles whose engines produce a noise similar to an aircraft.

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Communications Branch
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Quebec Region




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