Coast Guard begins resetting Seaway navigation aids
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 6:27 am

The Ninth Coast Guard District began resetting Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway aids to navigation Monday following the re-opening of St. Lawrence Seaway Friday and the resumption of the shipping season.

Operation Spring Restore involves the reinstallation of about 1,263 navigational aids, including lighted and unlighted buoys and beacons. They expect to be done by May 28.

The aids are taken out of service during winter due to minimize damage from ice and inclement weather.

The aids to navigation make for safe and efficient passage on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway by marking ways domestic, international, commercial and recreational vessel traffic.

To do the job, the Ninth District employs six U.S. Coast Guard cutters, five aids to navigation teams and five small boat stations with aids to navigation duties. The Coast Guard is assisted by the Canadian Coast Guard and the St. Lawrence Seaway Corporation.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary also helps the district with verification of approximately 1,700 privately-owned aids to navigation in the region.

The reinstalled aids include beacons and other lights, fog signals, and lighted and unlighted buoys.