During the winter of 1976-1977 the rivers inside the boundary of the Second Coast Guard District suffered icing conditions not seen in the past century. Rivers froze, paralyzing river traffic and trapping hundreds of barges and their towboats. Efforts of the government and industry to improve river navigation resulted in the leasing of an air cushion vehicle (ACV) from the United Kingdom for use as an icebreaker on the Illinois River. This report observes the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaking operations using a non-self-propelled ACV. Descriptions of the ACV's design, handling, capabilities, and overall performance are discussed.

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    Department of Transportation

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  • Authors:
    • San Roman, D J
    • Loerzel, D M
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Accession Number: 00173748
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CG-133
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 3 1978 12:00AM