USCG assists tugs beset by ice in Hudson River

Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot Bay helps break free tug Brooklyn from the ice on the Hudson River near Saugerties, New York, December, 31 2017. Coast Guard ice-breaking tugs from New Jersey and New York are positioned along the river and are assisting vessels transiting areas where thick ice is present. Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot Bay helps break free tug Brooklyn from the ice on the Hudson River near Saugerties, New York, December, 31 2017. Coast Guard ice-breaking tugs from New Jersey and New York are positioned along the river and are assisting vessels transiting areas where thick ice is present. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot Bay

JANUARY 2, 2018 — As winter weather continues to plunge the northeastern U.S. into the  deep freeze, the Coast Guard has been assisting two vessels beset by ice in the Hudson River.

Watchstanders at Sector New York command center were notified Sunday that a commercial tug, the Brooklyn, had become beset in ice, and a second tug, the Stephanie Dann, became hampered by ice Monday.

Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot Bay, a 140-foot ice-breaking tug, arrived on scene Sunday evening to help free the Brooklyn near Saugerties, New York. The Brooklyn became stuck after becoming disabled en route to Albany. After the tug was freed, Coast Guard Cutter Hawser, a 65-foot harbor tug, escorted the Brooklyn to their destination.

The Penobscot Bay also assisted with the tug Stephanie Dann near Kingston, New York, this morning. After the tug had been beset by ice for a full night, the icebreaker was able to clear an area for the tug to continue their transit.

Coast Guard ice-breaking tugs from Bayonne, NJ, and Saugerties, NY, are positioned along the river and are assisting vessels transiting areas where thick ice is present.

Currently, another 140-foot ice-breaking tug, Coast Guard Cutter Sturgeon Bay, is being utilized further south in the Hudson River to ensure commercial traffic can successfully and safely sail to their destinations.

The ice breaking is part of the Coast Guard’s region-wide effort know as Operation Reliable Energy for Northeast Winters (Operation RENEW).

The Coast Guard’s strategy will ensure Northeast communities have the security, supplies, energy, and emergency resources they need throughout the winter.

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