Tuesday, October 23rd 2012 - 20:51 UTC

Australian icebreaker ‘Aurora Australis’ caught in packed Antarctic ice

The Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis is stuck in ice 80 nautical miles from the Antarctic coast. The vessel is heading to the frozen continent with 50 scientists from around the world to study the relationship between sea ice and marine life.

Scientists are taking advantage of the situation and advancing with their projects (Photo AAP)

The bright orange ship has been unable to move from its position - 200 nautical miles from Casey Station and 1600NM from Hobart, Tasmania, for the past two days.

“At the moment they're in some quite heavy ice which is pretty normal in those kinds of conditions,” said the Australian Antarctic Division's Operations manager Robb Clifton.

“They're unable to move to the next station at the moment because of the way that ice has packed in around the ship.”

Northerly weather conditions are responsible for the dense ice and the crew is waiting on a southerly weather pattern or swells to break it up. The scientists are making the most of the delay and have taken the sea ice and used helicopters to work on part of their project.

Mr Clifton said the research team and crew were in no danger. “The ship has got lots of fuel, makes its own water, lots of food and it's regularly away for a couple of months at a time,” he said. “With a vessel that goes into these types of waters, you're used to delays.”

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1 briton (#) Oct 23rd, 2012 - 09:23 pm Report abuse
Will you look at that lovely pure white ice and snow?
So pure,
So innocent,
So cool
And not an argie in sight .lol.
2 Conqueror (#) Oct 24th, 2012 - 11:38 am Report abuse
@1 Other side of the continent!
3 briton (#) Oct 24th, 2012 - 06:24 pm Report abuse
4 Santa Fe (#) Oct 24th, 2012 - 06:50 pm Report abuse
An unarmed paradise apart from the Argentinian military run base with weapons!!!!!!!!
5 briton (#) Oct 24th, 2012 - 07:15 pm Report abuse
they think, they can claim anything their feet land on.
6 British_Kirchnerist (#) Oct 30th, 2012 - 02:26 pm Report abuse
#1 Cristina is the real Aurora Australis =)

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