A Russian “research vessel” (term in quotes to rekindle memories of all those “fishing trawlers” they used to run, which were under observation by all those US “weather planes”…)..
Anyway, it seems there’s a Russian ship which was sailing to Antarctica as part of a recreation of “Sir Douglas Mawson’s footsteps into Commonwealth Bay“. It’s gotten trapped by super duper thick ice.
No one’s at immediate risk, but in spite of Al Gore’s claims, the ice has been so unyielding that the ship can’t move, and even a Chinese icebreaker can’t get to it..
Naturally the researchers are claiming that this increase in ice is due to AGW. No doubt they’d claim a decrease in ice would also be due to AGW. Or if it had stayed the same.
The last schedule was that some Australian icebreakers would get through on Sunday, as in today. As in… since Australia is umptity hours ahead of UCT and more hours ahead of US time zones… as in hours ago. No updates posted yet to Twitter.
At least they’ve got plenty of hot chocolate. No word on any St. Bernards bringing them brandy.