Seasonal ice alert announced for Upper Chesapeake

The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(BALTIMORE) — The captain of the port (COTP) for the Maryland-National Capital Region set seasonal alert status Thursday for the Upper Chesapeake Bay.

Seasonal alert status is the posture set from Dec. 15 to March 31 to prepare for the potential presence of ice.

Within the Coast Guard Sector Maryland-NCR COTP Zone, navigable waters can be affected by early ice formation in the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal and Upper Potomac River, including the ports of Baltimore and Washington.

COTP Maryland-NCR may establish additional requirements for specific geographical areas of the COTP zone if conditions warrant such restrictions.

Ice-related vessel and/or waterway restrictions are announced via Coast Guard broadcast notices to mariners five times daily at 3 a.m., 7:05 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. local time on marine band radio VHF-FM Channel 22A.

The status for local waterways can also be located by calling the Sector Maryland-NCR ice line at (410) 576-2682.

The status and extent of these restrictions are continuously evaluated as ice condition reports are received and assessed.

Mariners observing any ice conditions are asked to report this information to the Coast Guard via marine band radio VHF-FM Channel 16, by calling (410) 576-2693 or via email at

By Professional Mariner Staff