Ice flows, especially in the grip of a fierce and ferocious winter, can pose significant damage to large-scale boating operations, but those who are moving between the same couple of ports or doing routine rounds every weekend need to be aware of this as well. And the boat insurance you pursue can reflect the sort of damage that is more likely to affect them at different times during the year.
The New York Times recently noted this in an article that outlines the problems that ferries and locally operating vessels might run into. It doesn't have to be a floating field of obstructive icebergs to slow progression and present an issue for shipping and other kinds of commercial pursuits.
Dealing with ice can be an ongoing process that helps assist different operators in a network until transportation channels are clear and more general accomplishment is achieved. New York has had to suspend operations of some of its ferries, and in the Philadelphia area, the Coast Guard is working to clear ice out of the Delaware river, as NBC detailed.
The Times also quoted Kary Moss, a Chief Warrant Officer, on the thickness of ice in the New York waterways, where boats are being called upon to drive through and clear up the pathways.
"We're seeing two to six inches of thickness, but there are places where the river is fairly solid all the way across," she said.
And as that piece asserts, it's not just the heavily fortified arctic boats that need to be prepared for this kind of weather. That's why boat insurance coverage might need to be examined more critically.