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Post time 2014-1-5 18:41:20 |Display all floors

Icebreaker Ship M/V Polar Star
Class & type:Polar-class icebreaker
Displacement:10,863 long tons (11,037 t) (standard)
13,623 long tons (13,842 t) (full)
Length:399 ft (122 m)
Beam:83 ft 6 in (25.45 m)
Draft:31 ft (9.4 m)[3]
Installed power:Six Alco 16V-251F diesel engines(6 × 3,000 hp)Three Pratt & Whitney FT-4A12 gas turbines (3 × 25,000 hp)
Propulsion:Combined diesel-electric or gas (CODLOG)Three shafts; controllable pitch propellers
Speed:18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)3 knots (5.6 km/h; 3.5 mph) in 6-foot (1.8 m) ice
Range:16,000 nautical miles (30,000 km; 18,000 mi) at 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
28,275 nautical miles (52,365 km; 32,538 mi) at 13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph)
Complement:15 officers
127 enlisted
33 scientists
12-person helicopter detachment
Aircraft carried:2 HH-65A Dolphin helicopters

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Post time 2014-1-5 18:45:36 |Display all floors
And if the Americans fail ...

there is also a Japanese Icebreaker as a last resort.


Namesake:Shirase Glacier
Laid down:15 March 2007
Launched:16 April 2008
Commissioned:20 May 2009

General characteristics

Displacement:12,500 long tons (12,701 t)
Length:138 m (452 ft 9 in)
Beam:28 m (91 ft 10 in)
Draft:9.2 m (30 ft 2 in)
Propulsion:Diesel-electric, 30,000 PS
Speed:15 knots (17 mph; 28 km/h)
Complement:Approx. 250
Aircraft carried:3 helicopters

Good to know, that China does not have to worry about anything.


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Post time 2014-1-5 19:19:37 |Display all floors
There is even another option:

China to build new icebreakerUpdated: 2014-01-05 16:56 ( Xinhua)

SHANGHAI -- China plans to build a new icebreaker for polar expeditions as its veteran Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, remains stuck in Antarctica after rescuing passengers from a Russian vessel.

Qu Tanzhou, director of the State Oceanic Administration's Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration, told Xinhua on Sunday that designs for the vessel were in the process after gaining official approval.

"The new icebreaker will be shorter and be equipped with blades both at the bow and the stern, which will be able to open ice 1.5 meters thick," said Qu.

Designed mainly for field research instead of transporting supplies, the new icebreaker will also have a better power system, larger decks and laboratories. It will be a "mobile research station," said Qu.

Put into use in 1994, the Ukraine-built Xuelong was designed for transporting supplies to China's research stations in the Antarctic. It can break ice that is 1.2 meters thick.

Xueying 12, a helicopter on board Xuelong, on Thursday successfully evacuated all 52 passengers aboard the Russian vessel MV Akademik Shokalskiy that had been stranded since Christmas Eve. The passengers were transferred to Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis. The Australian icebreaker had been sent to rescue the Russian ship.

After rescuing the passengers, Xuelong became stuck because of floating ice.

Xuelong is 66.65 degrees south latitude and 144.42 degrees east longitude. It is surrounded by sheets of ice up to four meters thick and is about 21 km away from unfrozen waters, according to the State Oceanic Administration.

China has sent a team to rescue Xuelong. There is no immediate danger to personnel aboard Xuelong, which is well stocked with food supplies and has enough fuel.

Zhang Jiansong, a Xinhua reporter, is aboard Xuelong. She said the blizzard on Sunday left the deck extremely slippery and people could hardly walk on it.

"Despite that, the Xuelong crew stay positive and have carried on experiments on board as scheduled," she said.

The US Coast Guard will send its icebreaker Polar Star to assist Xuelong and the Russian vessel, Australian Maritime Safety Authority said Saturday.

Qu said the planned expedition by Xuelong will be altered once it is out of trouble.

Those stranded people have to wait only a bit longer.

Last options would be the arrival of climate change.

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Post time 2014-1-6 01:57:51 |Display all floors
Global warming helps.

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Post time 2014-1-6 09:04:49 |Display all floors
why is the chinese news reporting that the "Xuelong waits for chance to break free
Experts and scientists aboard Xuelong are planning three possible routes to take advantage of good weather from Monday to Wednesday, a official said"
top news in todays edition of the chinadaily.
what a propoganda machine!!!

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Post time 2014-1-6 09:09:25 |Display all floors
and it was China and Australia that requested help.
why wont china just admit the truth that they asked for help? not like admitting they took a bribe or something.

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Post time 2014-1-6 09:51:53 |Display all floors
thedrunkingpig Post time: 2014-1-6 09:09
and it was China and Australia that requested help.
why wont china just admit the truth that they a ...

The Americans could leave the Chinese icebreaker in the ice since they never asked for help

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