Russian Cruise ship stuck in Ice 1,500 miles from Hobart

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#1
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http://nz.totaltravel.yahoo.com/news...ed-by-sea-ice/


Antarctic tourist ship trapped by sea ice

December 25, 2013, 2:56 pmNZ Newswire


Tourists on an Antarctic-bound cruise liner will spend Christmas awaiting rescue after the ship became wedged in thick sheets of sea ice.

The ship had been on a multi-day tour from New Zealand to visit several sites along the edge of Antarctica.

But the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) received a distress call on Christmas morning, notifying the rescue co-ordination centre that the ship was trapped in ice and would need help.

It is not known how long the ship has been unable to break free from the ice floes.

An AMSA spokeswoman on Wednesday said three ships had been sent to assist but it would take at least two days for the nearest vessel to reach the remote location - about 1500 nautical miles south of Hobart.

"It's in quite a remote part of the world," she said.

"But we have everyone safe. The vessel isn't in any immediate danger."
The Russian-built ship, the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, had been on a tourist trip with about 50 passengers on board and 20 crew members.
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#2
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Yes, I saw that in the news too. That will be one Christmas story the passengers will be able to tell in future years.

From what I could find out the ship was originally built for oceanographic research but was refurbished as a cruise ship in 1998 and is operated by Aurora Expeditions. It only has room for 54 passengers so was virtually full.
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#3
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Not a great place to be stranded. Especially, when probably trip of a lifetime.
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Originally posted by Aussieflyer
…. From what I could find out the ship was originally built for oceanographic research but was refurbished as a cruise ship in 1998 and is operated by Aurora Expeditions. It only has room for 54 passengers so was virtually full.
Don't quote me on that - when I looked at their website this ship is not listed as one of theirs and their expeditions all start in South America whereas this was a trip from NZ.
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#5
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Called The Spirit of Mawson it's recreating a journey made by Douglas Mawson - seems there are scientists explorers and tourists on board
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#6
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Originally posted by cranethie
Called The Spirit of Mawson it's recreating a journey made by Douglas Mawson - seems there are scientists explorers and tourists on board
Mawson made the journey okay, but they are still trapped by ice so thick they can't be reached, even by an ice breaker.
Perhaps the problem is global cooling!!!
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The first rescue ship could not break the ice to get to them, but there are 2 others on the way. If they can't be reached they will helicoptered off their ship.They have enough supplies for 7 weeks.

Perhaps the problem is global cooling!!!
...and its supposed to be summer there

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#8
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Please note, these ships are expedition ships NOT cruise ships.

Several Antarctic Tour Operators are having these 'Mawson trips' A way of promoting them. www.chimuadventures.com is also having one in February 'Shackleton Discovery' supporting Mawsons Huts Foundation' with Andrew Denton and Wendy Sharpe on board.
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The latest reports state that the rescue ships can not get near them, so evacuation will take place by helicopter as long as the weather holds.
Lets hope they do not run out of time.

Please note, these ships are expedition ships NOT cruise ships.
The tourist cruise ships leave from the tip of South America, so at least help is not too far away.


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#10
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Apparently weather conditions have improved. Not sure this link will work because it's from F'book, but it's the Australian Maritime Safety Authority page if anyone wants to take a look.

https://www.facebook.com/AustralianM...afetyAuthority
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Originally posted by Kiwi Kruzer
The latest reports state that the rescue ships can not get near them, so evacuation will take place by helicopter as long as the weather holds. Lets hope they do not run out of time.

The tourist cruise ships leave from the tip of South America, so at least help is not too far away.
If they are evacuated by helicopter they will have to leave all their luggage.