The biggest ice cover on North America’s Great Lakes in decades is backing up important shipping deliveries with 18 freighters currently wedged in the ice, unable to move.
Extraordinary aerial photographs taken above Whitefish Bay on eastern Lake Superior, Ontario, show some of the freighters lined up across a frozen expanse.
They are carrying a variety of goods from Canadian grain to US iron and steel but are being hampered by slabs of ice as big as pick-up trucks, it’s been reported.
Mark Gill, director of vessel traffic services for the U.S. Coast Guard, told the Duluth News Tribune: ‘This is just crazy how much ice we have out there, we’ve had 35 square miles of ice descend upon and affix itself [to existing ice].’
The complete story and more photos here > Are you sure it's Spring? EIGHTEEN freighters stuck in the ice on Great Lakes because it's too thick to break through