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Coast Guard Cutter Shackle breaks ice in Boston for Operation RENEW

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U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Shackle crews work hard to keep Boston's waterways open for emergency and commercial shipping traffic as part of Operation Reliable Energy for Northeast Winters (RENEW).

Coast Guard conducts ice breaking operations for several reasons:

* To facilitate security operations with ports, waterways and coastal security missions
* To help prevent loss of life on the water and ashore when impacted by ice
* To provide urgent response to vessels that are directly impacted by ice
* To support communities that have need for fuel, food and medical supplies
* To assist in preventing or easing flood conditions
* To meet the reasonable demands of commerce to facilitate navigation on frozen, navigable waterways

(U.S. Coast Guard video)

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