With temperatures plummeting, it's easy to imagine how little time it takes for the Penobscot River outside Cianbro's Eastern Manufacturing Facility in Brewer, Maine, to freeze over. Last year, as the Motiva modules project got underway, the United States Coast Guard pledged to keep the channel open so that the project could stay on track. The river will be the highway upon which ocean-going barges will deliver the 800 ton modules to the sea, for the long journey to the refinery expansion project in Port Arthur, Texas.
"Interestingly, there are just a very few days within the month that the tide is satisfactory, because we have tidal effects here in Bangor on the river, and it's daylight hours, such that you can navigate the river," says EMF General Manager Joe Cote. "So a lot of our planning is also based upon conditions that are out of our control, completely. We'll be working around that. So the ice is a consideration to take, and the Coast Guard is going to keep it cleared."
Hats off to the Coast Guard for their work in keeping the nation's waterways open and safe for commerce.