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Heavy ice delays Australian Antarctic icebreaker Aurora Australis

australisThe summer Australian Antarctic Division program will have to be modified because its icebreaker the Aurora Australis has been delayed in heavy ice.

The ship was due to return to Hobart more than a week ago after a resupply mission, but it is still navigating through heavy ice about 180 nautical miles off the Davis research station.

Antarctic Division director Tony Fleming says there is no risk of the crew's food or water running low.

He says some open water was spotted from the air a couple of days ago but there is heavy ice between the ship and the break in the ice.

Dr Fleming says one ship voyage will have to be dropped because of the delay.

"What we've done is collapse the second and third voyage into one voyage, that will mean we'll drop into Macquarie Island as we head out to the resupply at Casey research station so there are a small number of activities that will be affected," he said.

It is not known when conditions will improve.

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#1 David 2013-11-26 21:33
Ummmm!!! Aren't we being told the ice is melting?
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#2 4TimesAYear 2013-11-27 01:08
No risk of their food or water running low, but how about their fuel/heat? I do have to ask the obvious question here - if they are so afraid of the ice breaking up, why do they keep drilling holes in it and sending icebreakers through it?
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#3 Amber 2013-11-27 23:35
Is that Al Gore peering over the side ?
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