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Mention was made on local television about three vessels in trouble in the Ross Sea. The US supply vessel 'American Tern' and a tanker are stuck in the thickest ice for years. The Russian ice-breaker 'Krasim' was chartered to assist, but also fell victim, losing a blade off one of her three propellors. An American firm was hired and has been trying to carry out repairs in minus 2 degree water. At this time, attempts at this have failed. Plans are being made to scale back operations at Scott Base and McMurdo if the situation can not be resolved in the last remaining weeks of the Antarctic summer, due to the possible shortage of wintering-over supplies.
 

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I belive that one of the Polar Class was being rushed to Antarctica to help and was due in the ross sea about mid feb?

Both Polar Class are meant to be undergoing a huge overhaul with them to spend 2 years in dry dock, one is already in dry dock and is not expected to come out before November this year.
 

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Chartered Russian ice-breaker 'Krasim' was repaired and achieved her objective. 'American Tern' and the tanker 'Lawrence H. Gianella' have both unloaded and left the ice, according to the US NSF website.
 

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fred henderson said:
The media keep telling us that global warming is melting the polar ice caps and we will all be underwater next week, so your report cannot possibly be true. (*))

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Fred I spent 3 winters in a row down there and all this bull**** about Global Warming, melting of the icecaps we did not notice or remarked on by our boffins onboard. From my experience the ice was getting thicker each season and for longer periods and is still the same from mails passing between myself and a Norwegian Captain who has spent more than 20 continous seasons down there.
 
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