U.S. Coast Guard to open West Neebish channelWednesday, March 20, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
U.S. COAST GUARD
SAULT STE. MARIE, MI – In accordance with 33 CFR 162.117, Vessel Traffic Service St Marys River will open the waters between Nine Mile Point and Sawmill Point, effective 0800 EST 23 March, 2013.
These preparations are being conducted in support of the March 25 opening of the Sault Locks and the start of the 2013 Commercial Navigation Season.
The Coast Guard will make every effort to minimize the impact to Neebish Island Ferry operations.
However, Neebish Island residents should prepare for minor service interruptions as the ice descending into the Rock Cut will most certainly prevent the ferry from operating normally.
In the event of an emergency and ferry service is interrupted, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie is standing by to transport a resident should the need arise to leave the island and can be reached at (906) 635-3230.
All snowmobile, All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) operators, and other recreational users of the ice should avoid shipping channels, plan their activity carefully, and use caution near the ice.
Ice fishermen, especially, should use caution when placing their ice shacks in proximity to the shipping channels.
Further inquiries can be made by phone to the Vessel Traffic Service at (906) 635-3232 or via email at SOOTFC@USCG.MIL.