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US icebreaker to rescue 2 ships in Antarctica
Houston Chronicle ^ | January 4, 2014 | ROD McGUIRK

Posted on 01/04/2014 11:15:13 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard heavy icebreaker left Australia for Antarctica on Sunday to rescue more than 120 crew members aboard two icebreakers trapped in pack ice near the frozen continent's eastern edge, officials said.

The 122-meter (399-foot) cutter, the Polar Star, is responding to a Jan. 3 request from Australia, Russia and China to assist the Russian and Chinese ships because "there is sufficient concern that the vessels may not be able to free themselves from the ice," the Coast Guard said in a statement.

The Russian research ship Akademik Shokalskiy has been trapped in ice-clogged Commonwealth Bay since Christmas Eve, while the Chinese ship which came to its rescue, Xue Long or Snow Dragon in Chinese, reported on Friday it too had become stuck nearby.

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Andrew Peacock, an Australian doctor and photographer who was rescued from the Russian ship, said he and his fellow passengers "have been and continue to be thankful for all the help we have been given and ... aware of the cost and inconvenience to others."

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(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; Russia
KEYWORDS: antarctica; climatechange; globalcooling; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; ice; icepack
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1 posted on 01/04/2014 11:15:14 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Where’s Ernest Shackleton when you need him?


2 posted on 01/04/2014 11:21:03 PM PST by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

3 posted on 01/04/2014 11:31:44 PM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: fella
"....Polar Star has sufficient hull strength to absorb the high-powered ice breaking common to her operations. The shell plating and associated internal support structure are fabricated from steel that has especially good low-temperature strength. The portion of the hull designed to break ice is 1-3/4 inches (45 mm) thick in the bow and stern sections, and 1-1/4 inches (32 mm) thick amidships. The hull strength is produced almost entirely from the massive internal support structure. Polar Star's hull shape is designed to maximize icebreaking by efficiently combining the forces of the ship's forward motion, the downward pull of gravity on the bow, and the upward push of the inherent buoyancy of the stern. The curved bow allows Polar Star to ride up on the ice, using the ship's weight to break the ice.

With such a sturdy hull and high power to back it up, the 13,000-ton (13,200 metric ton) Polar Star is able to break through ice up to 21 feet (6 m) thick and steam continuously through 6 feet (1.8 m) of ice at 3 knots (6 km/h)........ More

4 posted on 01/04/2014 11:39:39 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

This is getting silly now! Prayers for all involved.


5 posted on 01/04/2014 11:48:24 PM PST by jocon307
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Amazing isn’t it?


6 posted on 01/04/2014 11:51:42 PM PST by Sequoyah101
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I understand why the Russians have an ice breaker, but the Chinese?


7 posted on 01/04/2014 11:59:15 PM PST by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Will be cool if our guys and our ship save the day.


8 posted on 01/05/2014 12:06:59 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

So let me get this straight...a US icebreaker is going to “rescue” 2 other icebreakers “trapped” in polar ice that, according to Algore, doesn’t even exist.


9 posted on 01/05/2014 12:29:08 AM PST by LaybackLenny (Sarah Palin - Last Man Standing (Ironic, ain't it?))
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts
I understand why the Russians have an ice breaker, but the Chinese?

They're setting up bases and stations all over Antarctica and need guaranteed access to build and resupply them. When the new protocol about using (not using) the resources in that area comes up for review again in 2048, China will have a say in how it can be used. THEY WANT the resources - coal, iron ores, manganese and hydrocarbon. China is taking the long view. China eyes Antarctica's resource bounty

10 posted on 01/05/2014 12:31:19 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Focault's Pendulum
Something’s cracking, and it’s not the ice around the warmists’ ship
11 posted on 01/05/2014 12:34:15 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
This story reminds me of a video.

"A tow truck on a dock tries to lift a mini-van out of the water, only to fall in."

youtube.com

12 posted on 01/05/2014 12:44:46 AM PST by Daaave ("You Nexus, huh? I design your eyes.")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

This has turned into something so unbelievable that if you saw it in a movie, you’d think no way would this type thing happen. What a mess! I hope everyone can get underway quickly and safely.


13 posted on 01/05/2014 12:44:50 AM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Just curious but do we have a coast in Antarctica that needs guarded?


14 posted on 01/05/2014 12:47:16 AM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Send the rescue bill to Algore. He promised there wouldn’t be any ice left based on his global warming proclamations not many years ago.


15 posted on 01/05/2014 12:55:37 AM PST by CatOwner
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

This story reminds me of this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aoSRH9Ddhs

One rescue after another rescue after yet another rescue...


16 posted on 01/05/2014 12:59:40 AM PST by Monitor ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-front for the urge to rule it." - H. L. Mencken)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

‘twas ever thus. When it hits the fan call for help from the good USA


17 posted on 01/05/2014 1:03:54 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
We should have left the "Global Warming Idiots" to their own destruction.
God didn't surround them in ice for nothing !
But ... they won't learn.
They'll just keep trying to sell their lies.
18 posted on 01/05/2014 1:14:26 AM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Eagles6

Try reading the entire article. They break ice for re-supply ships to McMurdo Station, the US presence in Antarctica.


19 posted on 01/05/2014 1:27:37 AM PST by snowtigger
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“Polar Star is able to break through ice up to 21 feet (6 m) thick and steam continuously through 6 feet (1.8 m) of ice at 3 knots (6 km/h).”

I find this to be amazing. I had NO idea any ship would move an inch when faced with ice even 2 feet thick much less 21 ft. Anyone know if there is video of a ship such as this in action?


20 posted on 01/05/2014 2:23:05 AM PST by billyboy15
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Andrew Peacock, an Australian doctor and photographer who was rescued from the Russian ship, said he and his fellow passengers "have been and continue to be thankful for all the help we have been given and ... aware of the cost and inconvenience to others."

Right. A whole lot of evil petrochemicals are being burned (wasted) to rescue these fools. The bill for this would make them faint.

21 posted on 01/05/2014 2:37:35 AM PST by pa_dweller (Extremist tea-party-driven hostage-taking legislative arsonist without a life)
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To: billyboy15

“....The Polar Star is just returning to service after a years-long, $90 million overhaul. It’s designed to get through a 6-foot-thick (2-meter-thick) layer of ice when it’s sailing at 3.5 mph — and when it’s in its backing-up-and-ramming mode, it’s capable of handling ice that’s up to 21 feet (6.5 meters) thick....”

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/how-icebreakers-work-sometimes-dont-work-2D11821223


22 posted on 01/05/2014 2:39:46 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: pa_dweller; All
Clarice Feldman at American Thinker: 2014: Let's Change the Climate "Watching both ObamaCare and the good ship Akademik Shokalskiy crash on the shoals of reality, I think it would take a heart of stone not to laugh at the misadventures of Australian climate scientist Chris Turney, who headed that misbegotten adventure in Antarctica, and Barack Obama, whose signature legislation is proving a rolling, unending debacle. Two luftmenschen brought down to earth with a crash.

Just as we are forced by federal law to give up incandescent bulbs for lesser alternatives to save carbon, fifty-two adventurers set off on a doomed expedition to prove a falsity: that the ice cap in the Antarctic is melting because of greenhouse gases.

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Climate modeling is not the only modeling that continues to prove out of whack with the real world: From estimates of use of emergency room facilities to the number of signups by healthier, younger citizens, every assumption of the ObamaCare authors and regulators seems to fail when tested against the real world. The administration keeps lying and obfuscating about the number and nature of the enrollments, but it is clear to any sentient, careful observer that this is a shipwreck for the president and his party. What remains is only for the ship to be smashed into even smaller pieces."

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23 posted on 01/05/2014 2:46:39 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

America... always to the rescue and always pays the bill.


24 posted on 01/05/2014 3:00:00 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts
The Chinese are an expansionist power. They need resources. They see resources available in the polar regions.

Also, they have opened a northern shipping route in the artic.

So a Russian research ship hoping to find evidence of global warming gets stuck in summer ice. Subsequent attempts by Australia, China, Russia and New Zealand to affect a rescue were unsuccessful. Now the USCG is sending an icebreaker to rescue the rescuers. You can't make this stuff up.

BTW, I blame Bush and his global warming policies.

25 posted on 01/05/2014 3:00:44 AM PST by Former Proud Canadian (Cruz/Palin 2016)
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To: Anoreth

Coast Guard, Ping...


26 posted on 01/05/2014 3:17:43 AM PST by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day. " 2013: Mind the door handle on the way out!")
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To: Monitor
I don't mean to hijack the thread but that was a pretty funny video. A couple of questions:

Why didn't they go to the boat ramp?
Why would you put a boat out when Lake Huron was that rough?
How stupid was that guy in the GMC?

LOL when the tractors arrived to the French version of the Green Acres theme. Also when he opened the doors of the GMC to let Lake Huron drain out.

27 posted on 01/05/2014 3:18:29 AM PST by Former Proud Canadian (Cruz/Palin 2016)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

uh...isn’t rule number 1 of rescue operations to not become a victim yourself?


28 posted on 01/05/2014 3:26:35 AM PST by EBH ( The Day of the Patriot has arrived.)
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To: Daaave

Bwaaaaahhh +2


29 posted on 01/05/2014 3:28:19 AM PST by South Dakota (shut up and build a bakken pipe line)
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What is missing in the advertising of the specs for the USCGC POLAR STAR is that it is a maintenance hardship. She is in dry dock and year-long maintenance stints more than she is underway lately. We’ll see how she holds up.

Those stats of “handling” 6.5 meters of ice means that it takes a running start, runs atop the ice, the weight of the ship cracks it down, then ship applies astern propulsion to set up to take another 50 meter bite. That takes a very, very long time to go a few kilometers.

I’m with you guys, since 1971 and again tomorrow.


30 posted on 01/05/2014 3:29:27 AM PST by USCG SimTech (Honored to serve since '71)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Just so you know. The Russians have the largest , most effective icebreakers, but most of them are in the Arctic.

One has to laugh at global warming mavins trapped in sea ice that apparently should not exist.No Obama sends in a US Coast Guard ship?

Buahahahahahahaha!

Why not just leave them there, global warming will met the ice very , very soon according to ALLEN GORP.


31 posted on 01/05/2014 3:44:20 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

These people. re the Authorities telling industrialists the stuff they can’t be permitted to do. They weild enormous power over others and condescendingly talk about how they are trying to use their high-powered brains to rescue us from ourselves.

Yet THEY require elaborate rescue —a perfect nutshell.


32 posted on 01/05/2014 4:30:28 AM PST by gaijin
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To: fella

Polar Star was the name of Arkady Renko’s second book..


33 posted on 01/05/2014 4:31:52 AM PST by cardinal4
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To: gaijin

Rescuing global warming scientists who get stuck in the ice is like rescuing Euell Gibbons if he was lost in the woods and starving!

Hey.
They fubarred, they should be ready to tough it out!

Kind of a global warming - Darwinian thing going on here.


34 posted on 01/05/2014 4:36:37 AM PST by djf (Global warming is a bunch of hot air!!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Why aren’t they waiting for Al Gore’s 2013 Global Warming?


35 posted on 01/05/2014 5:01:36 AM PST by SC_Pete
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To: SC_Pete

US taxpayers take it up the wazoo in order to rescue globull-warming idiots on a junket. These moron degenerates should foot the bill or be sent to prison.


36 posted on 01/05/2014 5:17:10 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Polar Star and her identical sister ship were built in 1976. The US does not have much in the way of big ocean going ice breakers.
37 posted on 01/05/2014 5:20:09 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: hal ogen

How much per hour for an icebreaker?


38 posted on 01/05/2014 5:30:23 AM PST by SC_Pete
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To: LaybackLenny
This story reminds me of this.
39 posted on 01/05/2014 5:30:26 AM PST by petercooper ("I was for letting people keep their health insurance, before I wasn't". --- Barack Obama)
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To: USCG SimTech

Building 10.


40 posted on 01/05/2014 5:40:16 AM PST by Anoreth (It is not moth eaten. It is superb.)
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To: Candor7

According to wikipedia (and the citation isn’t provided of course) the Russian Nuclear Ice breakers can only operate in the arctic due to their reactor design, which require COLD water. Not sure how much faith I place in wikipedia especially with no backup.


41 posted on 01/05/2014 6:01:39 AM PST by Cool_V
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Pray for global warming —


42 posted on 01/05/2014 6:05:59 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The U.S. hasn’t built an icebreaker since the Carter years.

This one was retrofitted, but still.


43 posted on 01/05/2014 6:19:02 AM PST by sunrise_sunset
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To: Monitor

That was hilarious and quite appropro —

Are they sending those tractors to the Antarctic??


44 posted on 01/05/2014 6:22:08 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: petercooper
Your photos reminded me of this this.
45 posted on 01/05/2014 6:30:56 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: LaybackLenny
So let me get this straight...a US icebreaker is going to “rescue” 2 other icebreakers “trapped” in polar ice that, according to Algore, doesn’t even exist.

and the media doesn't report it but it is SUMMER in the Antarctic!

46 posted on 01/05/2014 6:33:32 AM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Monitor

LoL!

I didn’t see your post — and thought of the same video.

Too funny — I love the “Green Acres” in French musical accompaniment.


47 posted on 01/05/2014 6:36:05 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Lot of “Gonna’ need a bigger boat” moments here.


48 posted on 01/05/2014 6:45:30 AM PST by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Andrew Peacock, an Australian doctor and photographer who was rescued from the Russian ship, said he and his fellow passengers "have been and continue to be thankful for all the help we have been given and ... aware of the cost and inconvenience to others."

He assumes others are responsible for the expense. Clever doctor.

49 posted on 01/05/2014 6:48:19 AM PST by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: billyboy15
I had NO idea any ship would move an inch when faced with ice even 2 feet thick much less 21 ft.

Me neither. Wow.

50 posted on 01/05/2014 6:55:17 AM PST by Partisan Gunslinger
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