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1 Flounder  Sun, Jan 5, 2014 5:43:44am

Nicknames for the Polar Star from wiki:

Building 10, Polar Spare, Brand X, Wide Ass Government Building, Red Tubs of Fun[1]

It is four times longer than the Aurora Australis, so hopefully they will accomplish their mission.

2 ausador  Sun, Jan 5, 2014 10:37:51am

re: #1 Flounder

Nicknames for the Polar Star from wiki:

It is four times longer than the Aurora Australis, so hopefully they will accomplish their mission.

The Polar Star just got an over $600 million stem to stern refit over the last year in drydock. It is rated to break ice up to 23 feet thick and is used to clear a channel to the McMurdo Antarctic station every year so that supply ships can deliver goods there. The Ice around the Russian ship and the Chinese icebreaker is only about half that thick so it should not be a major problem (barring mechanical difficulties) for the Polar Star to release them.

It was already headed to McMurdo station to clear a channel for the annual Antarctic summer supply convoy anyway. A few days back an article said that if its help was requested by the Australians it would still take about a week for the ship to arrive onsite (fast it isn’t).

3 ausador  Sun, Jan 5, 2014 1:13:43pm

re: #2 ausador

It seems the writer of the previous article about the Polar Star’s refit that I was citing misplaced a decimal point somewhere. The refit only cost somewhere between $57 and 62 million depending on who you believe, not $600 million.

I should have known better than to publish the earlier figure unless it was about refitting an aircraft carrier or a Iowa class battleship.

My apologies. :(

4 Amory Blaine  Mon, Jan 6, 2014 2:59:59am

Breaking:

Norwegian icebreaker on the way!!!!


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