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Saturday, April 19, 2014   by: Staff
U.S. Coast Guard to open West Neebish channel in its entirety
SAULT STE. MARIE, MI - Vessel Traffic Service St Marys River, per 33 CFR 162.117, will open the waters between Nine Mile Point and Sawmill Point 0800 EST 22 April 2014.
These preparations are conducted in support of the 2014 Commercial Navigation Season.
The waterway will remain closed to commercial navigation until U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel complete dredge work in the area known as the Rock Cut.
U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard ice breakers will be working above and below the ferry crossing to clear a path for the dredge equipment.
Precautions will be taken to minimize the impact to Neebish Island Ferry operations.
Residents should prepare for minor service interruptions as the ice descending into the Rock Cut will most certainly prevent the ferry from operating on a normal schedule.
In the event of a medical emergency and ferry service is interrupted, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie personnel are standing by at 906-635-3230 to facilitate the transportation of a patient should removal from the island become medically necessary.
All snowmobile, All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) operators, and other recreational users of the ice should avoid the shipping channel, plan their activities carefully, and use caution near the ice.
Further inquiries can be made by phone to the Vessel Traffic Service at (906) 635-3232 or via email at SOOTFC@USCG.MIL
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rockbanger 4/19/2014 10:15:44 AM Report

Essar has been at 1/2 production since early January waiting for someone to open that channel. Bombay just could not foresee such a harsh winter.

SuperiorGuy 4/19/2014 10:33:43 AM Report

Reader revelation that Essar is reportedly at half production gives indication of shipping importance. Canadians looking for more details can check another US source, Boatnerd where we learn the Canadian Coast Guard will add another icebreaker to the efforts.
4/19 - Another icebreaker is headed to assist on Lake Superior. On Friday the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Martha L Black was upbound in the Welland Canal with a reported destination of Thunder Bay.

mjr 4/19/2014 10:53:48 AM Report

In the case of Essar the problem was with the owners, whether it was pride our stupidity they did not heed their experienced managers advising them to pay the bills and stockpile the raw materials.
Ev-lynn 4/19/2014 2:03:44 PM Report

If you go down to the board walk you will see a huge black outfit that could
possibly be a great ice breaker.
rockbanger 4/19/2014 2:10:39 PM Report

Regards Ev-Lyn

I think you may be looking at the SNORE-GOMA..

The rust bucket City Council insists on dumping cash into every year.

Would you.. as a tourist drive up here and go on that piece of junk?

Ev-lynn 4/19/2014 2:23:00 PM Report

You are wrong!!
I am talking about the monster in front of Roberta Bondar Place.
I am very familiar with Norgoma as I
have been down on the board walk for the
last several years.
itsme29 4/19/2014 2:40:28 PM Report

that monster you talk of, is the bust of Roberta bondar I believe... right in front of the tent
rockbanger 4/19/2014 4:22:24 PM Report



You must admit the Snore-goma looks like a monster from the scrap pile. Send it to the plant and they can stick it in a furnace and melt it away.

Why would you call Dr. Bondar's bust a black monster?
Ev-lynn 4/19/2014 4:54:38 PM Report

Come On Now!! Smarten up people.
There is a large black barge down on the river by the Tent.
IRON MASTER is written on the front of it, and on the back also.
I believe that I have seen this before
further down River.
Just wondered if it was of significant
interest to any one else who had seen it to-day.

rockbanger 4/19/2014 5:08:15 PM Report

Ah yes that piece of junk is actually an in service water-craft owned by a local company and used to move steel on these Great Lakes

Sorry for any confusion.

But the Snore-goma is a piece of garbage...

itsme29 4/19/2014 6:02:36 PM Report

iron master is used to haul coils out of essar, its usually parked at the entrance to algomas slip waiting to be loaded with coils...but when u don't buy ore u don't make coils so maybe there gonna find another use for it
artyparty 4/20/2014 10:14:01 AM Report

the ironmaster is a purvis marine barge used to haul material, mainly coils from essar.
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