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Preparing for the shipping season

A U.S. Coast Guard cutter will conduct ice breaking operations in the Drummond Island area
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US Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw file photo. Source: U.S. Coast Guard

NEWS RELEASE

U.S. NATIONAL COAST GUARD

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SAULT STE. MARIE, MICH. - Per 33 CFR 162.117, VTS St. Marys River will open Pipe Island Passage, effective 07:00 local time on 22 March 2017.

A U.S. Coast Guard cutter will conduct ice breaking operations to open the Pipe Island Passage, north and east of Pipe Island and will circumnavigate Drummond Island along the International Boundary Line into the North Channel and exit via False Detour Passage.

The Coast Guard would like to remind all recreational ice users to plan their activities carefully, use caution on the ice, and stay away from shipping channels, which are being groomed for the opening of the shipping season.

Further inquiries can be made by phone to Sault Vessel Traffic Service at (906) 635-3232 or via email at sootfc@uscg.mil.

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