At­lantic Canada on track for a ‘very bad ice year’: Coast Guard of­fi­cial

Truro Daily News - - MARITIME LIFE -

Coast guard of­fi­cials say At­lantic Canada is on track to see an uptick in sea ice this win­ter, with cold tem­per­a­tures and high winds con­tribut­ing to early ice growth.

Brad Durn­ford, su­per­in­ten­dent of ice oper­a­tions for the At­lantic re­gion, told a me­dia brief­ing to­day that the Cana­dian Coast Guard’s ice­break­ing oper­a­tions have al­ready as­sisted ves­sels trapped in ice.

He says the “freeze up” is oc­cur­ring three to four weeks ahead of nor­mal, with ice around Labrador so far this year above the 30-year av­er­age.

While long-term trends show a re­duc­tion in the Arc­tic ice pack and sea ice in gen­eral, Durn­ford says it’s still pos­si­ble to have a “very bad ice year” in At­lantic Canada.

How­ever, he cau­tioned that weather in the re­gion can “change on a dime” and that an ex­tended warm-up could slow ice for­ma­tion.

Mean­while, coast guard of­fi­cials say they are aware of the nam­ing con­tro­versy sur­round­ing the ice­breaker CCGS Ed­ward Corn­wal­lis.

Brian Leblanc, act­ing as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner for the At­lantic re­gion, says the fed­eral agency will be dis­cussing the ves­sel’s name in the fu­ture.

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