The Coast Guard will be conducting ice breaking operations to create a smooth path of travel for the tug Samuel De Champlain and barge Innovation.
The ice breaking will take place in the Alpena Harbor near the LaFarge facility Wednesday afternoon.
Additional shipping traffic is expected in the near future in the harbor by the SS Alpena.
All ice fisherman should remove their ice shanties and equipment from the area. Other recreational ice users should avoid the shipping channels and use caution near this area.