The Canadian Coast Guard has had enquiries from the Soviet Union, Finland, Sweden and the United States regarding the experiments it has been conducting with the Arctic Engineers' Iceater on Lake Superior and in Thunder Bay. Tests have shown that Iceater can break ice every bit as effectively as big icebreakers at one-tenth of the cost. Milton Bade, operations manager of Arctic Engineers, revealed recently that the company may build the second generation ACV icebreaker by the coming winter. "It will be the first vehicle designed specifically to break ice," he stated. "Every major port on the Great Lakes could have one of these craft." Maxin M. Cohen, general manager of the Chicago Regional Port District, feels that vehicles of this type would enable year-round shipping activities to take place on the Great Lakes at a cost far lower then anyone has dreamed possible. Cohen said that iceaters could be employed to clear regular routes across the lakes keeping them open just as snow ploughs keep highways passable. Cost estimates to build a production model put the price at around $2 million a unit. However, it would enable a tugboat to do the work of a conventional $30 million icebreaker.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Kalerghi Publications

    51 Welbeck Street
    London W1,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1977-8

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  • Accession Number: 00172699
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Development News
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 29 1978 12:00AM