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Early ice may shorten shipping seasonSubmitted: 12/17/2013
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - Early cold also means early ice, which causes problems for the shipping industry at the Port of Green Bay.

The cold temperatures means ships entering the Fox River have to plow through thick ice.

That could bring an early end to the shipping season.

Port director Dean Haen says they need help from ice breakers to get the last remaining vessels of the year into the port.

Haen says shipping companies have to hire hire private companies to break the ice.

If they can't do it, the U.S. Coast Guard steps in.

Haen says THAT cost is on the taxpayer.

He says ship captains determine when the season closes, which could be any day now.

(Copyright 2013 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)


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