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Ice Breaking Operations At DNR In Full Swing

Media invited to ride along.

ANNAPOLIS, MD (January 12, 2010) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is conducting ice breaking activities at several locations within the Chesapeake Bay including Kent Narrows, Annapolis, Crisfield/Smith Island, and Cambridge. Members of the press are welcome to schedule a ride along on January 13 or 14, with one of DNR’s vessels with advance notice to witness ice breaking operations. DNR has four steel hulled vessels ranging in size from 50’ to 100’ in length:

  • M/V J.M. TAWES - Captain Eddie Somers – 100' Buoy Tender, 1000 HP-(10") of ice breaking capability -- Areas of responsibility will be Crisfield harbor; Small boat harbor; the east entrance in Smith Is.; Tylerton; Ewell; Deale Is. (Upper Thorofare); Nanticoke Harbor and Tedious Cr. to Lt. #1. The Tawes will also assist the USCG with emergency fuel deliveries in the Wicomico and Nanticoke Rivers as necessary. Primary responsibility is providing an open channel to Smith Island.
  • M/V J.C. WIDENER - Captain Jeff Lill - 73' Buoy Tender 525 HP- (6-8") of ice breaking capability -- Areas of responsibility will include Annapolis Harbor; Back Creek; South River; Spa Creek to Truxton Park; Magothy River to Deep Cr. #1; Severn River to the Rt. 50/301 bridge and West River to # 6 Councillors Pt.

  • M/V A.V. SANDUSKY- Captain Shawn Orr - 80' Buoy Tender, 700 HP-(8") of ice breaking capability -- Areas of responsibility will include Kent Narrows; Rock Hall; Chester River to Cedar Pt.; Miles River to St. Michaels; Eastern Bay and Tilghman Cr.

  • BIG LOU - Captain Doug Scofield –50' Tug, 450 HP -(6") of ice breaking capability-- Areas of responsibility are: Knapps Narrows; Choptank River to Secretary; Broad Cr. to Neavitt Wharf; Tred Avon to the USCG station; Cambridge Harbor, Little Choptank R., Slaughter Cr. and Madison Bay.
  • Call Josh Davidsburg at 410-260-8002 to schedule.

    Piney Narrows Marina (500 Piney Narrows Rd, Chester, MD 21619)
    Take MD RT 50 East across Chesapeake Bay Bridge to Exit 41 toward Kent Narrows West. Turn left onto MD 18/Main Street, turn left onto Piney Narrows Rd (just before old Kent Narrows Bridge), turn right to stay on Piney Narrows Rd. Call John Gallagher at marina gate.

    Annapolis City Dock

    Take MD RT 50 to Exit 24 Rowe Blvd, follow into Annapolis, keep left on Rowe Blvd becomes Bladen Street, turn left at intersection in front of State House onto College Ave, follow to light, turn right onto King George Street, turn right onto Randall Street, turn left onto Dock Street and follow into City Dock Parking Lot. Vessel will be berthed at City Dock.

    Crisfield State Marine Terminal
    (800 Norris Harbor Drive, Crisfield, MD)
    Take MD Rt 50 East across Chesapeake Bay Bridge towards Ocean City, merge left onto Salisbury bypass, stay on bypass, bypass becomes US 13 South. Take US 13 South to right on MD 413 towards Crisfield. Follow MD 413 which turns into West Main Street in Crisfield, turn left on 7th Street then right at intersection onto Norris Harbor Drive. Turn right into marine terminal gate.

    Cambridge State Marine Terminal
    (301 Cemetery Ave, Cambridge, MD
    Take MD Rt 50 East across Chesapeake Bay Bridge towards Ocean City, cross Choptank River Bridge, turn right onto Maryland Avenue, Maryland Ave. becomes Market Street, turn left onto Academy Street, turn left onto Cemetery Avenue, go through gate on left near end of street.

       January 12, 2010

    Contact: Josh Davidsburg
    410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

    The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009, is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 467,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries, and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic, and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at