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US Coast Guard Ice breaker asked to assist Antarctic rescue
Watts Up With That? ^ | January 4th, 2014 | Anthony Watts

Posted on 01/04/2014 2:33:13 PM PST by Third Person

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) has requested the US Coast Guard’s Polar Star icebreaker to assist the vessels MV Akademik Shokalskiy and Xue Long which are beset by ice in Commonwealth Bay.

The US Coast Guard has accepted this request and will make Polar Star available to assist.

The intended mission of the Polar Star is to clear a navigable shipping channel in McMurdo Sound to the National Science Foundation’s Scientific Research Station. Resupply ships use the channel to bring food, fuel and other goods to the station. The Polar Star will go on to undertake its mission once the search and rescue incident is resolved.

RCC Australia identified the Polar Star as a vessel capable of assisting the beset vessels following MV Akademik Shokalskiy being beset by ice overnight on 24 December, 2013. RCC Australia has been in discussion with the US Coast Guard this week to ascertain if the Polar Star was able to assist once it reaches Antarctica.

The request for the Polar Star to assist the beset vessels was made by RCC Australia to the US Coast Guard on 3 January, 2014. The US Coast Guard officially accepted this request and released the Polar Star to RCC Australia for search and rescue tasking at 8.30am on 4 January, 2014.

The Polar Star will leave Sydney today after taking on supplies prior to its voyage to Antarctica.

It is anticipated it will take approximately seven (7) days for the Polar Star to reach Commonwealth Bay, dependent on weather and ice conditions.

At 122 metres, the Polar Star is one of the largest ships in the US Coast Guard fleet. It has a range of 16,000 nautical miles at 18 knots. The Polar Star has a crew of 140 people.

The Polar Star is able to continuously break ice up to 1.8 metres (6ft) while travelling at three (3) knots and can break ice over six (21ft) metres thick.

RCC Australia will be in regular contact with the relevant US Coast Guard RCC at Alameda, California, and the Captain of the Polar Star during its journey to Antarctica.


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; Russia; US: District of Columbia; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: australia; climatechange; globalwarming; glowbullwarming; hoax; manbearpig; polarstar; shokalskiy
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What a joke.
1 posted on 01/04/2014 2:33:14 PM PST by Third Person
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To: Third Person

I know an old lady who swallowed a fly,
I don’t know why she swallowed the fly,
I guess she’ll die.

I know an old lady who swallowed a spider,
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly,
I don’t know why she swallowed the fly,
I guess she’ll die.

I know an old lady who swallowed a bird,
How absurd to swallow a bird!
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her,
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly,
I don’t know why she swallowed the fly,
I guess she’ll die.


2 posted on 01/04/2014 2:34:55 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: Third Person
US Coast Guard Ice breaker asked to assist Antarctic rescue

Isn't that a little outside their jurisdiction? Didn't we have any US Navy in the area?

3 posted on 01/04/2014 2:43:01 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: Third Person

Wiki says it’s fresh from a refit....

Why do I have a bad feeling?


4 posted on 01/04/2014 2:43:49 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Third Person

What do you mean?


5 posted on 01/04/2014 2:44:28 PM PST by married21 ( As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: Third Person

I think most folks figured that one way or another American taxpayers would end up paying for this nonsense.


6 posted on 01/04/2014 2:45:50 PM PST by EternalVigilance
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To: Third Person

Tell’em to chill.

Global warming will remediate the situation.


7 posted on 01/04/2014 2:45:54 PM PST by gasport (Will operate for food.)
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US Coast Guard to save the Global Cooling deniers.


8 posted on 01/04/2014 2:46:27 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Third Person

It’s not a joke to the crews of any of those ships
and that includes the American one.


9 posted on 01/04/2014 2:49:05 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

“Isn’t that a little outside their jurisdiction? Didn’t we have any US Navy in the area? “

Maybe the USN doesn’t have any icebreakers or at least one the size of the Polar Star. Just wondering what it’s doing in Sydney , unless the USCG works Antartica because we have research people there.


10 posted on 01/04/2014 2:49:22 PM PST by vette6387
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To: Third Person

Keystone cops


11 posted on 01/04/2014 2:50:13 PM PST by bgill
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
Didn't we have any US Navy in the area?

The navy doesn't have any icebreakers. The Coast Guard does. So does Canada, though I think all of them are in home waters.

12 posted on 01/04/2014 2:50:52 PM PST by Lower Deck
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

The USCG icebreaker was already on route to Antarctica. It started that way Dec 3.

The intended mission of the Polar Star is to clear a navigable shipping channel in McMurdo Sound to the National Science Foundation’s Scientific Research Station.


13 posted on 01/04/2014 2:52:04 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Third Person

It’s gonna look like a parking lot down there before that ice melts!!


14 posted on 01/04/2014 2:52:50 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Third Person

This story is far from over because the Polar Star is rated at breaking ice less than 1 meter thicker than the stuck Chinese icebreaker.


15 posted on 01/04/2014 2:55:20 PM PST by fso301
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To: Third Person
Where the heck's AlGore? Isn't he an expert at melting Artic ice?


16 posted on 01/04/2014 2:55:33 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: Third Person; All
 photo al-gore-breathing-fire.jpg
17 posted on 01/04/2014 2:55:53 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Third Person

Donner !!! Party of 20, you’re table is ready...


18 posted on 01/04/2014 2:57:45 PM PST by DanielRedfoot (Creepy Ass Cracker)
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To: fso301

Are you sure about that? The Polar Star can break ice 21 feet thick.


19 posted on 01/04/2014 3:00:04 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: married21; EternalVigilance
What do you mean?

American taxpayers to the rescue... see post #6.

20 posted on 01/04/2014 3:02:14 PM PST by Third Person (The light pours out of me.)
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To: Third Person

What’s the carbon footprint of this fiasco?


21 posted on 01/04/2014 3:02:45 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: thackney

The Russians are the ones with the great icebreakers.

It would take awhile for them to reach the area, but
maybe they should start now?


22 posted on 01/04/2014 3:02:59 PM PST by CondorFlight (I)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
It’s gonna look like a parking lot down there before that ice melts!!

LOL

Thanks to glowbull warming we don't need any ice breakers in the northern hemisphere this winter!

23 posted on 01/04/2014 3:08:35 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Gene Eric

The coolng deniers have already been rescued.

The USCG is going down to rescue the crews of the shps.


24 posted on 01/04/2014 3:08:52 PM PST by 2111USMC (Aim Small Miss Small)
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To: thackney

Clearly the chicoms are liars ....:o)


25 posted on 01/04/2014 3:10:11 PM PST by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: thackney
Are you sure about that? The Polar Star can break ice 21 feet thick.

Wiki claims the Polar Star can, "steam continuously through 6 feet (1.8 m) of ice at 3 knots (6 km/h)"

The Wiki on the Australian Aurora Australis says "The vessel can break level ice up to 1.23 metres (4 ft 0 in) thick at 2.5 knots (4.6 km/h; 2.9 mph)".

26 posted on 01/04/2014 3:11:17 PM PST by fso301
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To: Third Person
American taxpayers to the rescue...

Wouldn't it be cheaper to just put Hilary in charge of the operation?

27 posted on 01/04/2014 3:22:46 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: Third Person

Yeah, I was wondering also who we are going to send the bill to?


28 posted on 01/04/2014 3:23:50 PM PST by Joe Marine 76 ("Honor is the gift a man gives to himself." ~ Rob Roy MacGregor)
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To: Third Person

We’re sending a ship that can break 6 meters, where the ice is piling up a lot more than that. I hope they know what they’re doing.


29 posted on 01/04/2014 3:30:33 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Third Person

Sorry, 2 meters....


30 posted on 01/04/2014 3:32:16 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Third Person

The correct response should have been “no, thanks”.


31 posted on 01/04/2014 3:41:57 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: Third Person
The Polar Star is able to continuously break ice up to 1.8 metres (6ft) while travelling at three (3) knots and can break ice over six (21ft) metres thick

That is impressive!!

32 posted on 01/04/2014 3:47:50 PM PST by rawhide
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To: fso301

That is moving nonstop. The ram and back-up capabilities is 21 feet thick. Also listed in this article.


33 posted on 01/04/2014 3:54:28 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Third Person

Get a charge card number upfront...start the meter running as soon as the decision is made to go...


34 posted on 01/04/2014 3:59:31 PM PST by moovova
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To: thackney

Summer there. This happened to the Vikings after they settled Greenland. The Little Ice Age hit and their ships couldn’t get to their colonies. There was a brief respite, and when they got there everyone was dead. Of course Hansen proved that didn’t happen with a few tree rings.


35 posted on 01/04/2014 4:01:13 PM PST by TStro (Better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

This icebreaker was already on its way to deliver supplies to a US scientific station in the area.


36 posted on 01/04/2014 4:01:22 PM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Why work for a living when you can vote for a living?)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

it is summer in the Antarctic - winter is coming


37 posted on 01/04/2014 4:09:50 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: thackney

Ice breaker basically plow through sea ice. The thick stuff they ride up on and break using the weight of the ship. They have a rounded hull and a sloping prow that allows this, but also makes them notorious for wallowing in heavy seas.


38 posted on 01/04/2014 4:21:49 PM PST by stormer
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To: elpadre

Summer has only just begun.


39 posted on 01/04/2014 4:24:27 PM PST by stormer
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To: vette6387

The U.S. Navy used to have polar icebreakers, I believe the last two were the USS GLACIER AND USS EDISTO. These platforms were transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard and the newer Wind class vessels were, I believe, Coast Guard from the beginning. Congress gave polar icebreaker duties to the Coast Guard sometime during the 1940s. In the 1970s two new polar icebreakers, USCGC POLAR STAR and USCGC POLAR SEA were commissioned and as time proceeded, the Wind class vessels were decommissioned. The newest polar icebreaker, USCGC HEALY is the only construction icebreaker in the fleet.

So the Navy doesn’t conduct polar icebreaking operations, that responsibility falls solely to the U.S. Coast Guard, the most professional of the three seagoing services.


40 posted on 01/04/2014 4:29:23 PM PST by cgchief
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
Isn't that a little outside their jurisdiction? Didn't we have any US Navy in the area?

Just remember: the Coast Guard is the hard core around which the Navy forms in times of war. ;-)
41 posted on 01/04/2014 4:29:43 PM PST by tanknetter (L)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

This icebreaker is going to have to travel at least 10,000 miles to help out on what these warmist numbskulls started. A huge carbon footprint!!!

Now to be fair it seems this ships mission this season was to head to Antarctica anyways to help resupply our (US) base/research station there

“The Polar Star, the U.S. Coast Guard’s only active heavy polar ice breaker, left its homeport in early December on one of its primary missions, Operation Deep Freeze. The ship’s mission is to break a channel through the sea ice of McMurdo Sound to resupply and refuel the U.S. Antarctic Program’s McMurdo Station on Ross Island.”


42 posted on 01/04/2014 4:30:55 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: EternalVigilance

I think most folks figured that one way or another American taxpayers would end up paying for this nonsense.

***

What I thought.

It’s a good thing we have those money trees.


43 posted on 01/04/2014 4:33:14 PM PST by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless Americaa)
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To: vette6387

U S Military has no personnel based in Antarctic. Coast Guard only U S presence. God bless them on this dangerous mission.


44 posted on 01/04/2014 4:33:25 PM PST by codder too
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To: stormer

Some icebreakers have propellers in the bow that break up ice and propel forward. They are powered by electric motors that are strung to diesel generators in the rear. Same as many rear propellers are turned by electric motors (don’t quiz me on this)


45 posted on 01/04/2014 4:35:08 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Third Person

And then who is going to rescue the Coast Guard ship?


46 posted on 01/04/2014 4:35:45 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

I thought the Coast Guard had 2? One was pretty big.


47 posted on 01/04/2014 4:37:02 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: dfwgator
It is a 399 foot heavy ice breaker. It might be able to do the job.

Carries helicopters too.

48 posted on 01/04/2014 4:40:18 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: dennisw

Bow thrusters (and stern thrusters) are used for steering, but on an icebreaker can be used to basically shake the bow back and forth and widen a channel.


49 posted on 01/04/2014 4:50:29 PM PST by stormer
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To: GeronL

Polar Star has a sister, the Polar Sea. The CG’s biggest icebreaker, the Healy, is here in Seattle.


50 posted on 01/04/2014 4:55:00 PM PST by stormer
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