Εμφάνιση αναρτήσεων με ετικέτα Russian research ship in ice captivity. Εμφάνιση όλων των αναρτήσεων
Εμφάνιση αναρτήσεων με ετικέτα Russian research ship in ice captivity. Εμφάνιση όλων των αναρτήσεων

Πέμπτη, Ιανουαρίου 02, 2014

All Passengers Rescued From Russian Ship Stranded in Antarctic

MOSCOW, January 2 (RIA Novosti) – A Chinese helicopter successfully flew to safety all 52 passengers from a stranded Russian cruise ship stuck in Antarctic pack ice Thursday in a long delayed rescue mission, the authority coordinating the rescue said.
The ship, the Akademik Shokalskiy, has been stuck in the ice 100 nautical miles east of the French base Dumont d'Urville since December 24 with its crew of 22 and 52 passengers, many of them scientists.
The helicopter, from a nearby Chinese ship, the Xue Long, landed on the ice near the Russian ship, and then flew the passengers to an Australian ship, the Aurora Australis.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), the coordinating body for the rescue, said: “Aurora Australis has advised AMSA that the 52 passengers from the Akademik Shokalskiy are now on board.”

Photos posted on Twitter by a scientist on the ship showed the Russian-built Kamov helicopter touching down on the ice nearby.
The Shokalskiy’s crew of 22 will remain on board, waiting for warmer weather when the ship can make its own way out of the ice.
  • The rescue mission had been put off earlier due to the weather conditions, according to AMSA.
A team of scientists and tourists on the Akademik Shokalskiy had been retracing a famous Australian Antarctic Expedition from 101 years ago.
The agency described the ship, built by a Finnish shipyard for the Soviet Union in 1982 for polar research, as “fully ice-strengthened.”
Updated at 3:40 p.m. with new lead and statement from rescue authority that passengers have been rescued

Τετάρτη, Ιανουαρίου 01, 2014

China prepares to airlift Russian scientists

The helicopter on board the Chinese icebreaker "Xuelong" is ready to airlift Russian scientists and crew from the ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy, trapped in ice off Antarctica.

The 22 crew and 52 scientists and tourists on board the ship welcomed the new year as they awaited rescue.

Singing about their experiences, the crew have been clearing the surface for the Chinese helicopter to land. The icebreaker Xuelong left Shanghai in November on China’s 30th scientific expedition to Antarctica.

It set up an emergency relief group after the Russian ship’s captain sent a formal request on Tuesday for the helicopter rescue. The expedition will airlift trapped passengers when the weather permits. The Russians will be airlifted to the Xuelong in groups of 12.

The powerful Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis, which is approaching slowly due to poor weather, will then use its barge to complete the evacuation.



Δευτέρα, Δεκεμβρίου 30, 2013

Icebound Russian Ship's Passengers to Be Rescued by Helicopter...

MOSCOW, December 30 (RIA Novosti) – All passengers and four crew members aboard a Russian research ship stuck in the ice off the coast of Antarctica will soon be evacuated by a Chinese helicopter, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday.

“A decision has been made to evacuate 52 passengers and four crew members by a helicopter from China’s Xuelong icebreaker, if weather conditions are suitable,” the ministry said.

Eighteen crew members are expected to remain aboard the icebound ship, the Akademik Shokalsky.

A team of scientists and tourists on the ship had been retracing a famous Australian Antarctic Expedition from 101 years ago when the vessel became trapped in thick ice about a week ago.

A Chinese icebreaker, the Snow Dragon, came within just seven nautical miles (11 kilometers) of the stranded vessel on Saturday, but was forced to turn back after also having problems with dense ice. An earlier rescue attempt by a French vessel had also failed.

An Australian icebreaker, the Aurora Australis, was forced to turn back from a rescue attempt earlier on Monday, citing poor weather that made the mission unsafe.


  • СООБЩЕНИЕ ДЛЯ СМИ О ситуации с НИС «Академик Шокальский».....
Из-за тяжелой ледовой обстановки ни один из кораблей ледового класса - «Сюэлонг» (КНР) и «Ороре Остралис» (Австралия) - до сих пор не смог пробиться на выручку к российскому научно-исследовательскому судну «Академик Шокальский», блокированному у берегов Антарктиды в акватории моря Д’Юрвиля. Судно «Сюэлонг» находится в 6,7 морских миль, а «Ороре Остралис» лежит в дрейфе на расстоянии 18 миль от НИС «Академик Шокальский».

Принято решение об эвакуации 52 пассажиров и 4 членов экипажа вертолетом китайского корабля «Сюэлонг», если это позволят погодные условия.

Посольство России в Австралии поддерживает постоянную связь с властями страны пребывания и капитаном НИС «Академик Шокальский» И.Б.Киселевым. По его информации, все члены экипажа и другие участники экспедиции здоровы. Угрозы для их жизни и безопасности нет.


Κυριακή, Δεκεμβρίου 29, 2013

Antarctic mission now pinning hopes on Australian icebreaker for rescue. -VIDEO. L'Akademik Shokalskiy toujours prisonnier des glaces

 Scientists on the Australasian Antarctic Expedition remain trapped for a fourth day after a Chinese icebreaker that was en route to rescue the ship failed to push its way through the heavy ice.

The Chinese ship Snow Dragon was just 11 kilometres away from the Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy on Saturday morning, but the icebreaker was forced to turn back after being stalled in heavy ice.

France’s L’Astrolable icebreaker also called off its rescue mission Saturday after failing to break through the ice around the ship, said Lisa Martin, spokeswoman for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

 A third icebreaker -- Australia’s Aurora Australis -- which Martin says has the best chance of cutting through the ice is expected to arrive on Sunday.

Expedition leader Chris Turney earlier tweeted an image of the Snow Dragon icebreaker on the horizon approaching the ship, with penguins in the foreground.

“It’s a little frustrating again that we can see hope and help,” Turney told CTV News Channel in Skype interview. “But unfortunately at the moment we’re just in an isolated position still.”

The Akademik Shokalskiy, which left New Zealand for Antarctica on Nov. 28, has been stuck since in ice since Christmas morning after blizzard winds of up to 70 kilometres per hour pushed ice around the ship, trapping it south of Hobart, Australia.
The vessel isn’t currently in danger of sinking, and the 74 scientists, tourists and crew on board have weeks’ worth of supplies.
“Some of the Australians are complaining about the amount of beer we’ve got left,” Turney said. “But overall I think morale’s pretty good.”
The scientific team had been following the same route Australian explorer Douglas Mawson travelled a century ago. Turney said they plan to continue their expedition once they’re freed.

  • And despite interruptions, scientists on board the Akademik Shokalskiy have been continuing their research, counting birds in the area and drilling through the ice to observe sea life.
  • VIDEO. L'Akademik Shokalskiy toujours prisonnier des glaces

Après l'échec du brise-glace chinois, "l'Astrolabe" français aussi a dû renoncer à lui porter secours. Le navire russe "Akademik Shokalskyi" est prisonnier de l'Antarctique depuis la veille de Noël. Mais l'ambiance à bord reste bon enfant...

Depuis le 24 décembre, le bâtiment russe est bloqué par les glaces et immobilisé par un blizzard violent à 200 kilomètres au large de la base française Dumont d'Urville (pôle sud, Antarctique). Un brise-glace chinois qui a voulu lui porter secours, le Snow Dragon, a dû abandonner, samedi 28 décembre pour ne pas se trouver dans la même situation. L'Astrolabe français a lui aussi fait une tentative dans la même journée pour rallier l'Akademik Shokaskyi - sans succès. Le seul espoir est désormais le bateau australien Aurora Australis, toujours en route. Mais la zone est réputée particulièrement difficile...

Malgré cette situation délicate, l'ambiance à bord reste bon enfant. Les passagers ? Soixante quatorze scientifiques et touristes. Cette mission australienne effectue des expériences, sur les traces des expéditions polaires du début du XXe siècle comme celle de l'explorateur australien Douglas Mawson. Le responsable de l'expédition AAE Intrepid Science s'amuse de l'émergence de compétences scientifiques étonnantes : "Aujourd'hui, certains ont appris à faire des noeuds avec les cordes - ce qui leur a paru fantastique. D'autres, plus scientifiques, ont jaugé la température de l'océan en jetant des pièces de monnaie. Enfin, cela reste assez basique, et j'espère qu'on bientôt va se sortir de là - avant au moins deux jours !" conclut-il en riant.

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