Finland-built research ship A. Shokalskiy trapped in Antarctic ice, no danger to vessel and people

Research vessel Akademik Shokalskiy reported in the morning Dec 25 13, that the vessel is trapped in ice, in the Mertz Glacier area, some 150 nautical miles off French research base Dumon D’Uberville, some 1500 nautical miles off Hobart, Tasmania. There are 50 passengers and 20 crew on board. It’s not a cruise, it’s privately funded scientific expedition. There is no immediate danger to vessel or crew. Chinese research and supply icebreaker Hue Long (IMO 8877899) is already on the way to A. Shokalskiy, being nearest to the site, ETA Dec 27 or maybe even evening Dec 26. Another icebreaker, Australian Aurora Australis (IMO 8717283), reported to be steaming to Shokalskiy too.

Even if ice situation will dramatically deteriorate and jeopardize vessel and people on board, Dumon D’Urville helicopter or helicopters surely will be able to rescue scientists and the crew. Judging from messages scientists on board send around to friends, relatives and media, they seem to tremendously enjoy the whole story, something like Christmas Adventure.

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