ARCTIC SEA ICE –Icebreaker Trapped Resupplying MOSAiC–

Posted: March 7, 2020 by oldbrew in News, research, sea ice, weather

The MOSAiC crowd ignored the fact they would be in the Arctic at solar minimum, and a deeper than usual one at that. Here’s the result.

Sunrise's Swansong

In my last post I mentioned that the Russian icebreaker  Kapitan Dranitsyn had to battle thick sea-ice to resupply the Polarstern at the MOSAiC site. Contact was successful, and cranes began to  unload and load supplies that were hauled by tractor between the two ships.

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A fresh crew of scientists relieved the crew that has been working there.

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With temperatures down around -30ºC, the open water in the wake of the Kapitan Dranitsyn froze over swiftly. Men could walk on the new ice within 24 hours.

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By the time the transfer of men and supplies was complete the ship was frozen so fast it could not extract itself. The news is now that the Russians are sending a second icebreaker, the Admiral Makarov, to help the first icebreaker free itself. (Note the twilight in the above picture. The are located close enough to the Pole to see a very swift…

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  1. oldbrew says:

    How not to get stuck in the Arctic sea ice
    BBC – 19th Nov. 2019

    If the Fedorov were to get stuck, we would have two options, Sokolov says. One would be for Polarstern to leave its position in its “fortress” floe and come to break us out, which would risk damage to the fortress and delay the set-up of the camp. The other option would be to call a nuclear-powered icebreaker such as the Yamal. “They are all busy and you don’t know when you will get one,” says Sokolov. “And of course they are very, very expensive.”

    But what is becoming clear is that the sea ice is getting more dynamic because of climate change.

    Really? Not the climate change they were thinking of. The icebreakers are ‘all busy’ because…???
    – – –
    No sunspots for last 5 weeks – from

    Sunspot number: 0
    Updated 07 Mar 2020

    Spotless Days
    Current Stretch: 34 days
    2020 total: 50 days (75%)
    2019 total: 281 days (77%)
    2018 total: 221 days (61%)

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  3. ivan says:

    Ah! Another ship of fools trapped because of climate change – the problem is the climate is changing in the wrong direction, getting colder rather than warming (we have had snow in the last few days down here on the French/Spanish border).

  4. Caleb says:

    I really like the BBC link. It is amusing how they simply have to see everything from their Pole-is-melting bias, even when facing contrary evidence. But the article holds lots of first hand observations, which is valuable, and at times counters the propaganda.

    I was especially interested in how the captain of the icebreaker keeps an eye out for “bergy bits”, which are from glaciers and are more dangerous than thinner sea ice. Most of those bergs head south down the east and west coasts of Greenland, but I’ve always wondered how many calve off the north coast of Greenland and the Canadian Archipelago, and wander about in Arctic Sea. (One summer a fellow attempting the Northeast Passage in a sailboat published a picture of one such berg aground on the shore of the Laptev Sea, far from any glaciers.)

    As best I can tell the biggest danger faced by the Kapitan Dranitsyn is that his ship is using up all its fuel fighting the sea-ice, and will need to be refueled by another icebreaker. However the BBC story mentions that, with its cargo unloaded, the ship rides higher in the water and is less able to crush ice, and even exposes a thinner part of its hull to the sea-ice. Sounds to me like their journey is no picnic.

    Thanks for linking my post on your site. Cheers!

  5. Gamecock says:

    I lack imagination.

    ‘A fresh crew of scientists relieved the crew that has been working there.’

    Looks like bus unloading at Siberian prison.

    I can’t imagine what being locked in Arctic ice permits them to study.

  6. Curious George says:

    They are replicating Nansen’s FRAM expedition, some 100 years ago. We have much better technology, but not much better people.

  7. oldbrew says:

    This is a classic…

    The goal of the MOSAiC expedition is to take the closest look ever at the Arctic as the epicenter of global warming and to gain fundamental insights that are key to better understand global climate change. Hundreds of researchers from 20 countries are involved in this exceptional endeavour. Following in the footsteps of Fridtjof Nansen’s ground-breaking expedition with his wooden sailing ship Fram in 1893-1896, the MOSAiC expedition will bring a modern research icebreaker close to the north pole for a full year including for the first time in polar winter. [bold added]

    At ‘the epicenter of global warming’ even the so-called icebreaker gets stuck 😂

    The news is now that the Russians are sending a second icebreaker, the Admiral Makarov, to help the first icebreaker free itself.
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    NB the ‘modern research icebreaker’ is a strengthened ship but isn’t a proper icebreaker.

  8. stpaulchuck says:

    Fake news! Al Gore told me that there would be no Arctic sea ice by now. Who ya gonna believe, Imam al-Gorehammad of the Climate Caliphate or your lying eyes?

  9. oldbrew says:

    Recent high Arctic temp drop to below long term average (1958-2002)…

    DMI: Daily mean temperature and climate north of the 80th northern parallel, as a function of the day of year.
    = = =
    Staying power of Kilimanjaro snow defies Al Gore’s gloomy forecast
    February 17 2020 — The Times

    “The snow has certainly got my clients talking,” Methley Swai, owner of the Just-Kilimanjaro trekking company, said. “Many people have made Kilimanjaro a bucket list priority because of the Al Gore deadline but when they get here they are pleasantly surprised to find lots of snow.”

    ‘Surprised’ that warmist propaganda isn’t true? Better get used to that.

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  11. oldbrew says:

    MARCH 8, 2020

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  13. oldbrew says:

    They reported an outside temp of -58 Celsius including windchill on 28th February.