"If you can't explain it simply,
you don't understand it well enough."

—Albert Einstein

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.


Pin it


#1 David Nov 26, 2013 9:33 pm
Ummmm!!! Aren't we being told the ice is melting?
Quote | Report to administrator
#2 4TimesAYear Nov 27, 2013 1:08 am
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?
Quote | Report to administrator
#3 Amber Nov 27, 2013 11:35 pm
Is that Al Gore peering over the side ?
Quote | Report to administrator

Add comment

Before posting a comment, please read the Terms of Service (click here). Get an avatar at Gravatar.com.

PLEASE report all spam/inappropriate comments using the 'Report to administrator' link. If you find your post gone, it's because you violated the TOS.

Security code

This Week
Last Week
This Month
Last Month
All days
Your IP:
Server Time: 04-20-2014 09:20:15
Visitors Counter