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 (seen below) which had been slowed to a crawl, making only 1/4 knot.

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Press release: 4.30pm AEDT Friday 03 January 2014

Aurora Australis on standby as a precautionary measure

Xue Long notified AMSA at 1pm AEDT this afternoon it has concerns about their ability to move through heavy ice in the area.  

The Aurora Australis has been placed on standby by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Rescue Coordination Centre Australia (RCC Australia) to remain in open water in the area as a precautionary measure.

The Xue Long has advised RCC Australia that it will attempt to manoeuvre through the ice when tidal conditions are most suitable during the early hours of 4 January 2014.

There is no immediate danger to personnel on board the Xue Long.

www.amsa.gov.au/media

Source: http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/030114UpdateAntartica.pdf

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Meanwhile, the beginning of this domino effect has been traced back to a sightseeing expedition by the passengers of the Akademik Shokalskiy that spent too much time getting back on the ship.

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Warren in New Zealand

Surprisingly the MSM here have suddenly gone quiet about this whole fiasco, apart from National Radio, If I relied on the newspapers, I would be unaware of what is happening
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/232324/chinese-rescue-vessel-having-trouble-in-ice

FergalR

Good view of the Chinese and Australian ships from the helicopter from about 1:50 in the video here: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/03/second-antarctic-rescue-aurora-australis-on-standby

Brian H

This tracker: http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ shows the XL doing 1.5 knots.

mikegeo

Well at least one of Canada’s national papers has an opinion piece on this fiasco.
http://opinion.financialpost.com/2014/01/02/terence-corcoran-science-of-climate-change-not-on-the-same-course-as-reality/

Clovis Marcus

The Guardian would love you to think it was all over.
Yesterday Alok Jha (@AlokJha on twitter) filed a report about the rescue. The subhead said clearly the crew had been rescued. I have brought the ‘error’ to Alok’s attention. They have had 8 hours to correct it.
It is starting to look less like a typical guardian sub’s mistake than a deliberate attempt to deceive.
Nothing to see here. move along…
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/02/antarctic-rescue-shokalskiy-free?CMP=twt_gu
https://twitter.com/omotforest/status/419012170676838401

flyingtigercomics

Wikipedia’s entry for Aurora Australis now includes the Stalinist revisionist history of this incident: “an outbreak of old sea ice”.

Jaakko Kateenkorva

1/4 knots? It that the current speed of the drifting sea-ice?
Anyway. Because The Guardian has been visible in this latest AGW-fiasco, allow me to post a related story:
Due to some geographical constraints, Finnish right-wing tends to sympathize leftist ideas. Now imagine the popular left. Move left from there and you find a journal called Kansan Uutiset http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansan_Uutiset. Here is the kicker Kansan Uutiset have now accepted The Guardian as their information source.
Regrettably my own source is currently available in Finnish only http://www.hs.fi/kulttuuri/Kansan+Uutiset+alkaa+julkaista+The+Guardianin+aineistoa/a1388715592390. The good news is that at least Helsinki Times will think twice before quoting the Guardian. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helsingin_Sanomat.

Looks like a Charlie Foxtrot in progress.

Item from tvnz on the latest here:
http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/ship-involved-in-antarctic-rescue-faces-trouble-5790285?ref=rss
Note what it says about who pays and which country would conduct the enquiry.

Paul in Sweden

While I am pleased that the crew of the MV Akademik has been in a sense ‘rescued’ and no longer must endure the company of the Eco-tourists I find this whole saga exhausting…albeit still hilarious.

xanonymousblog says:
January 3, 2014 at 12:58 am
Update, the Chinese ship is stuck.
only one thing left now…a hat trick

That would be a Charlie Foxtrot Tango.

Lew Skannen

“Jason Mundy from the Antarctic Division hopes the Russian ship’s insurers will foot the bill for the rescue.”
I am sure he does hope that …. but it doesn’t mean that the Russian ship’s insurers won’t then come after the Antarctic Division for costs.

Peter Stroud

I trust Turney’ has contacted a good lawyer. His idiocy will cost millions, and it is all down to the leader of the expedition to carry the can. I guess we will hear very little from the BBC, and the Gusrdian will find it hard to explain the cock up it covered.

Clovis Marcus

Lew Skannen says:
January 3, 2014 at 1:29 am
“Jason Mundy from the Antarctic Division hopes the Russian ship’s insurers will foot the bill for the rescue.”
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If they can show reckless behaviour they won’t. I’m laying in lots of popcorn.
In other news, the Guardian have updated their page to ‘passengers’ rather than ‘crew.’

Guy Leech

The BBC’s main mid-day radio news programme yesterday, the World at One, found an “expert” to comment on this story. She was Sara Wheeler, a graduate in Classics and Modern Languages who is a travel writer who has spent seven months at the South Pole and written about the Arctic and Antarctic. According to her, the ice which trapped the ship was there because global warming had caused ice to “drop off” glaciers and surround the ship. “Nobody knew glacier ice was going to drop off and surround the ship at that time.” Her view was not challenged by the BBC interviewer. Interesting!

ozspeaksup

theres also the not small detail of the original cargo and a base that desperately need their supplies n fuel..soo, after aurora helps out the chinese ship thats now in trouble thanks to the ship of fools, or waits to be on hand to assist after the american ships gets there..Id reckon the responsible people who caused all this should be made to stay while aurora completes the entire prior critical supply run.
and I sure hope the russian ships insurers hit the uni NSW insurers for ALL the costs and damage incurred.if it means a certain idiot becomes unemployed and the climatecon dept shuts to recover some costs..all to the good!

OLD DATA

I’d guess the expedition-ists aren’t happy with the prospect of delaying their own rescue to assist others…uugh…

Oldseadog

Regarding ship insurance, it is not compulsory for shipowners to carry any insurance – for example Blue Funnel Line never insured any of their ships – but sometimes there is a clause in the charter party making the charterers responsible for taking out insurance.
I really, really hope that is the case in this instance, if the charterer was the Prof; but most likely the charterers will be his employers, i.e. at the end of the day the Aussie taxpayer.
Of course if there isn’t any insurance then the shipowner will just go bankrupt and resurface with a new name.

Hector Pascal

Paul in Sweden says:
January 3, 2014 at 1:01 am
While I am pleased that the crew of the MV Akademik has been in a sense ‘rescued’ and no longer must endure the company of the Eco-tourists I find this whole saga exhausting…albeit still hilarious.

My thoughts exactly. Imagine what it would be like to be stuck with them for a month, let alone having to over-winter. Heaven forbid. Oh my, my. Thoughts of axe-murder zombie flicks. Musn’t go there…….

Andyj

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-03/chinese-icebreaker-stuck-after-helping-with-ship-rescue/5184210?section=australianetworknews
“Jason Mundy from the Antarctic Division hopes the Russian ship’s insurers will foot the bill for the rescue.”
I hope the ships owners in turn sues the passengers who would not get back to the ship in time.
This video made me feel sick:-
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-25/15-million-australian-expedition-to-antarctica/5116158
Shows these people getting ready for their high carbon “adventure” and the propaganda used to back them up. Fact of the matter is the fact people are already doing their job at Mawson Bay.
This guy and his acolytes were nothing but baggage, end to end.

John Of Cloverdale WA, Australia

Stuck with a Australian Green Senator would be worse than torture under The Inquisition. Another vodka please.

steverichards1984

“The cost of the rescue will largely fall to the ships involved – the Aurora Australis and Xue Long – and insurance”
from http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/03/second-antarctic-rescue-aurora-australis-on-standby

Peter Miller

This helps put it all into perspective:

tty

“Of course if there isn’t any insurance then the shipowner will just go bankrupt and resurface with a new name.”
Since the shipowner in this case is the Russian Government this is unlikely. It is also highly unlikely that they will pay anything if the whole thing was due to negligence by the charterers.

Steve

Andyj says:
January 3, 2014 at 2:11 am
Yes, the video was very nauseous. Especially the end when Mawson’s relative says he would be proud of them. I wonder if they are going to ask her opinion on the “expedition” / fiasco now.
Turney should come clean and show the world just what real science the expedition did in between all that knot-tying, learning languages and yoga the various blogs/photos and videos showed.

Beer Holiday

At some point even this may become a vaguely “scientific” mission as the reality of being stuck in (and seeing nothing but) ice will start to raise the question “maybe we were wrong about GW”.
They certainly have got the message out there that there is a lot of ice this year. Which is great for polar bears and stuff. Remember “it’s not just man that uses frozen water” Thanks scientists. Thants 😀 (relevant link below)

Oldseadog

tty:
You are right.
The owners are apparently “Far Easternn Research” with a Registered Office in Vladivostok.
However looking further the Company is called “The Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monotoring”, registered in 1996, owns a fleet of 14 vessels and is regestered as being “federal property”.
I view of this I would guess that the company is fully insured, and that a full Russian marine inquiry board will take place in due course. The maritime lawyers will make a killing.
Whether we ever get to see the findings of the inquiry is another matter.

connolly

The University of New South Wales will be in the firing line here for the costs. If Turney was on his annual leave they are his employer and are under Australian law vicariously liable for his negligence. Unless of course they wish to argue a defence to vicarious liability – that he was on a frolic of his own. This will be inbteresting because UNSW is a lavishly state funded incubator for global warming hegemony. Will they put their money where their mouthpiece is? Heroically skating on ice that is not at all thin?

Oldseadog

Typo: “Eastern” , only one “n”.

Stefan

In Marxist Ecology, missing ice finds you.

Jimbo

Is this a case of one entrapment to another. Oh boy! It ain’t over yet I see.

Relief at Antarctic rescue turns to fear for Chinese ship
Agence France-Presse | Updated: January 03, 2014 16:22 IST
Sydney: The Chinese icebreaker that came to the rescue of a Russian ship stranded in Antarctica, helping evacuate dozens of passengers, has signalled it may now be trapped in heavy ice, Australian authorities said on Friday.
http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/relief-at-antarctic-rescue-turns-to-fear-for-chinese-ship-466616

“It is starting to look less like a typical guardian sub’s mistake than a deliberate attempt to deceive.”
As the main progressive rag of the UK, I would tend to believe in deception over incompetence at the Guardian. They have been at the center of the cAGW scam for a long time now.

tty

Oldseadog says:
“You are right.”
Since I have spent several very happy weeks cruising in the subarctic and subantarctic aboard two sister ships of the Shokalskiy, I checked who owned these ships and whether they were seaworthy and solidly crewed and maintained before signing on. They are, but they are no icebreakers as Turney et al. has now demonstrated.
Incidentally they hold fairly solid safety briefings at the beginning of cruises. One of the things covered is that if you get a recall signal, when on shore or off on a Zodiac cruise, You drop whatever You are doing at once and return to the ship as fast as possible.

AleaJactaEst

According to the AMSA Representative (via Associated Press interview over satellite phone) “the cost of the rescue would be carried by the owners of the ships” (note plural) “and their insurers, in accordance with international conventions on sea rescues,”
“Any official inquiry into how the ship got stuck would have to be conducted by Russia”, he said.
And if the AA gets stuck and requires a rescue, Australia will be conducting the inquiry.
Irony to the power of two.

Mods.
And yet another one hits the moderation bucket.

markstoval says:
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January 3, 2014 at 3:37 am

The comment section rules say that one can not change his “handle” otherwise I would try that to see if it is just my name that causes 6 or 7 in a row to go to the spam filter. Oh well, Monday restarts the school year and I will not have time to make many comments anyway.

This is a test of the comment area to see if signing in using Twitter rather than wordpress will stop every comment I make from being sent to the moderation jail or spam bucket.
Of course since I mention both wordpress and twitter this is not a totally clean test. But then I don’t have time to write a computer model which we all know is much better than real world data, just ask a “climatologist”.
I hope someone deletes this as soon as they see it as it adds nothing to this comment thread. I repeat, this is only a test.
[For testing then, use the WUWT “Test” thread. See the link from the WUWT home page. Mod]

connolly

AMSA’s view of the cost of the rescue doesnt consider the possibility that the insurer/s may seek to recover from Turney abd his employer their loss due to his negligence. Presumably he or the UNSW had contract with the ship’s owners. I doubt that contract would not have a clause requiring Turney to act responsibly.

Jaakko Kateenkorva

Always look on the bright side. Remember Santa and his elves in distress http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wr2LCTdIzd4?

tty

Interestingly quite a few people have apparently been “following in Mawson’s footsteps” and visiting (and trying to maintain) his hut over the years. However this has apparently ceased in the last few years due to the deteriorating ice situation:
http://www.mawsons-huts.org.au/conservation/
(Note the many photos showing open water in Commonwealth Bay)

richard

The telegraph in the UK have an article about the adventure.
” one of the aims of the expedition was to track how quickly the Antarctic’s sea ice was supposedly disappearing”

Mr. Hand

It would appear, according to this, http://www.bees.unsw.edu.au/expedition-retraces-mawsons-footsteps-0 , this expedition was privately funded. I take that to mean the Oz taxpayers will not have to foot the bill?

rogerknights

January 3, 2014 at 3:41 am
Oldseadog says:
Incidentally they hold fairly solid safety briefings at the beginning of cruises. One of the things covered is that if you get a recall signal, when on shore or off on a Zodiac cruise, You drop whatever You are doing at once and return to the ship as fast as possible.

But Turkey apparently asked, “Is that an order, sir?” and got the captain to back down into making it a request. So who’s to blame?
There are lots of ways to argue this. Lawyers will be in their element.

Richards in Vancouver

I’m buying more shares in Laughing Stock.

Patrick

Is there a “black box” type voice recorder on the ship? There seems to be plenty of web-cams.

Gail Combs

Oldseadog says: @ January 3, 2014 at 3:01 am
…. that a full Russian marine inquiry board will take place in due course. The maritime lawyers will make a killing.
Whether we ever get to see the findings of the inquiry is another matter.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Oh we will via Voice of Russia and Pravda. Spin this right and you have the heroic Captain and crew who stayed with the ship that was put in jeopardy by idiot western dilettantes.
It is propaganda fodder on a golden plate.

R. de Haan
North of 43 and south of 44

Is that Chris(tmas) Turkey I smell roasting in the freezer?
I suspect that the Polar Star will be needed or maybe an Aircraft Carrier, something that can get close, and can handle more than 1 helicopter at a time.

For some fun, a sub thread where post on “What would Yogi Beara the NY Yankee Catcher say.” on this cluster bomb mess can be put up.
“Looks like they where Iced in before they were Iced in.” or some such.
We can joke on them a bit but if things do not change with the fate of the wind changing for them it will get worse once more.
The ice, the cold, the wind, the climate ,,, none of those things know or care of these guys even existing.

Admad

May the hilarity, contempt and derision continue indefinitely
http://youtu.be/B84O9k1ZX4g
Enjoy, my friends!