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Admiral Paul Zukunft & the State of the Coast Guard — Billion Dollar Drug Busts and Geriatric Cutters

We recently posted about a budget proposal by the current administration which would drastically cut the US Coast Guard’s budget. While the budget proposal is unlikely to survive in its current form, it does suggest a fundamental lack of an … Continue reading

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“Boaty McBoatface” Wins in a Landslide & No, That Won’t be the Ship’s Name

We previously posted about how the British Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) was asking for suggestions for a name for the new polar research ship, currently under construction at Cammell Laird’s yard in Birkenhead. The suggestion period ended on April 16th … Continue reading

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Shell’s Arctic Troubles Continues — Icebreaker Fennica Sent South for Repairs

In 2012, Shell’s attempt to drill in the Chukchi Sea in the Alaska’s Arctic proved to be an expensive and dangerous farce, featuring groundings, equipment failures, explosions and citations for safety violations. Returning two years later with an flotilla of 29 ships, Shell’s … Continue reading

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Wind Shift Frees Cruise Ship and Icebreaker Trapped in Antarctic Ice

What is more powerful than an icebreaker? The answer is: the wind. Following a wind shift, the expedition cruise ship, MV Akademik Shokalskiy, and Chinese icebreaker Xue Long or Snow Dragon have broken free from the pack ice off Antarctica. … Continue reading

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USCGC Polar Star Heading to Rescue Ice-bound Ships

The USCGC Polar Star is on its way to attempt to break free two ice-bound ship off Antarctica.   So far, three icebreakers have attempted to free the the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, which has been stuck in Antarctic ice south of Tasmania … Continue reading

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Stricken Fishing Vessel Sparta Not Fit for Antarctic Ice

The Russian fishing vessel Sparta is afloat, though just barely after being holed by ice at the edge of the Ross ice shelf in Antarctica.  Why was an non-ice strengthened fishing boat fishing in such treacherous waters in the first place?  That is the question being raised by the Vyacheslav Martyanov, … Continue reading

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Arctic Icebreaking – the USCGC Healy and the NS 50 Let Pobedy

NASA has recently published an analysis of the arctic operations of the icebreaker USCGC Healy. The Healy has been serving as a research vessel in Arctic water with more than 4,200 square feet of scientific laboratory space, numerous electronic sensor systems, … Continue reading

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