Category Archives: The “Clitanic” aka Spirit of Mawson

#spiritofmawson ship of fools to get the rescue cost bill from Australian government

Uh, oh:  Federal Government to seek full cost recovery for Antarctic expedition rescue Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt yesterday said costs, estimated at about $2.4 million, would be sought from the insurer of the operators of the vessel. About these … Continue reading

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#spiritofmawson ship of fools apologize for mess, face recovery costs

ANTARCTIC expeditioners rescued by an Australian icebreaker have apologised for an operation that could cost taxpayers up to $2.4 million. Fifty-two passengers rescued from a Russian ship trapped in sea ice have arrived in Hobart aboard the Australian Antarctic vessel … Continue reading

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Akademic Shokalskiy makes it back to port, #spiritofmawson ship of fools still stuck in Antarctica

The comedy just keeps on coming. Plus, now it seems that Turney failed to get some approvals, and his welcome home may not be all the happy. Maybe he’ll stay in Antarctica. After having to prematurely abandon their mission due … Continue reading

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Risking lives to promote climate change hype

Yet another global warming expedition gets trapped in icebound ideology Guest opinion by Paul Driessen Will global warming alarmists ever set aside their hypotheses, hyperbole, models and ideologies long enough to acknowledge what is actually happening in the real world … Continue reading

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Australian Antarctic Division head Tony Fleming says they’ll make efforts to recover the cost of #spiritofmawson rescue

From radio 666 ABC in Canberra, Australia, full audio follows. Tony Fleming, director of the Australian Antarctic Division tells Louise Maher the AAD wasn’t linked to the Australasian Antarctic Expedition despite an implication by the expedition head that he had … Continue reading

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Akademik Shokalskiy and the Xue Long have broken free from the ice in Antarctica and are no longer in need of assistance

Well that’s the end of that story…until investigations begin. Press release: 12:30pm AEDT, Wednesday 8 January 2014 Antarctic rescue operations complete The Australian Maritime Safety Authority can confirm that the Akademik Shokalskiy and the Xue Long have broken free from … Continue reading

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Russian ship ‘Akademik Shokalskiy’ stuck in Antarctic Ice starts moving again, per my forecast – both ships have broken free of ice!

The Akademik Shokalskiy and the Xue Long have broken free of heavy ice and are making progress towards open water. bit.ly/1lzF4KQ— AMSA News (@AMSA_News) January 07, 2014 It seems my forecast worked out well. From RT news: A Russian-built ship … Continue reading

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Monday Mirthiness – Penguins comment on the #spiritofmawson

People keep sending me stuff…

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The Cli-Tanic #spiritofmawson Hotsheet for Sunday January 5th

The gift that just keeps on giving. Bishop Hill writes: I did wonder if applying the “Ship of Fools” tag to Chris Turney and his shipmates wasn’t just a bit rude, but take a look at this video (below), recorded … Continue reading

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The ‘Cli-Tanic’ Hot Sheet – News from the #SpiritofMawson fiasco

There are a lot of news items in major media starting to appear about the folly of Professor Chris Turney’s tourism disguised as science expedition. Turney is now backpedaling on the idea that “climate change” caused them to get stuck. … Continue reading

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USA to the rescue! US Coast Guard Ice breaker asked to assist Antarctic rescue vessels trapped in ice due to #spiritofmawson fiasco

6.30am AEDT Sunday 05 January 2014 US Coast Guard ice breaker to assist ships beset in ice in Antarctica The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) has requested the US Coast Guard’s Polar Star icebreaker to assist … Continue reading

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Xue Long beset by ice, Aurora Australis to abandon SAR and head to Casey base with ‘Spirit of Mawson’ people

9.30am AEDT Saturday 04 January 2014 Aurora Australis released from tasking in Antarctica Xue Long’s attempt to manoeuvre through the ice early this morning was unsuccessful. Xue Long has confirmed to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) it is beset … Continue reading

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Friday Funny – The Guardian and Josh, together at last

Roman M. sends word of this new photo taken by the tourista journalists on the “Clitanic”.

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Aurora Australis rescue ship told to hold position to potentially assist Chinese vessel Xue Long

It looks like the “rescued” climate scientists, journalists, and tourists will have to wait on-board the Aurora Australis awhile longer while this episode plays out. There is still a lot of ice ahead according to the webcam on Aurora Australis … Continue reading

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The cause of the Akademik Shokalskiy getting stuck in Antarctica – delay from sightseeing mishaps and dawdling by the passengers getting back on ship

This pretty much nails the cause of the situation, and blows expedition leader Chris Turney’s claim about being “surprised” about the situation literally out of the water. In my post Now that the ‘Ship of Fools’ is safe in Antarctica, … Continue reading

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Rescue ship Aurora Australis slowed to a crawl – fighting heavy sea ice to reach open water

Ship with 52 rescued Akademik Shokalskiy climate scientists and tourists is only able to make 1/4 knot (0.29 mph) in heavy ice towards open water. Latest webcam views show all ice all around the ship and no open water ahead. … Continue reading

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Now that the ‘Ship of Fools’ is safe in Antarctica, tough questions need to be asked

UPDATE: Perhaps the headline was premature, the latest SITREP from the rescue ship Aurora Australis indicates they are having some trouble getting into open water. UPDATE2: It seems the cause of getting stuck was nothing more than dawdling while sightseeing. … Continue reading

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AMSA: Helicopter rescue of Akademik Shokalskiy completed

UPDATE: So much for that… Sea ice conditions are now likely to delay today’s planned rescue of passengers from the MV Akademik Shokalskiy. bit.ly/1aplnNZ— AMSA News (@AMSA_News) January 02, 2014 And now it is apparently on again AMSA is awaiting … Continue reading

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