Icebreaking in the Atlantic – Successes, Challenges and Words of Caution
Brad Durnford left Bay D’Espoir, Newfoundland and Labrador, when he was 17 and started at the Canadian Coast Guard College. Durnford has been with the Coast Guard now for 29 years.
He’s the ice superintendent for the Atlantic Region, which encompasses Newfoundland and Labrador (N.L.), Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and half of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
From December to June, icebreakers and hovercrafts operate along Canada’s east coast from Newfound...
Possibility for a Busy 2019 Ice Season
Navigating the ice-filled water of Atlantic Canada is no easy task.
However, keeping the shipping lanes open to commercial and fishing traffic is not exactly a walk in the park either.
One of the Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG) primary roles in this region is icebreaking.
The CCG recently provided its annual technical briefing outlining the upcoming ice season.
Brad Durnford, superintendent of ice operations for the Atlantic Region, said it is possible the 2019 ice season could be a ...
2018: A Below Average Year for Ice
After experiencing several recent hard springs battling heavy ice, it looks like most fishermen will be catching a break this year.
At a recent technical briefing in St. John’s, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) reported that ice conditions are far more favourable than in the last years — when heavy ice delayed fishing seasons and damaged valuable vessels and gear.
Trevor Hodgson, CCG icebreaking superintendent for the Atlantic region said while ice conditions were heavy last year in ...