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.