Ship with Climate Change Warriors caught in ice, Warriors evacuated

From Maritime and Crimean Shipping News

Erofey Schkvarkin News September 4,  2019 4:09 am

Arctic tours ship MS MALMO with 16 passengers on board got stuck in ice on Sep 3 off Longyearbyen, Svalbard Archipelago, halfway between Norway and North Pole. The ship is on Arctic tour with Climate Change documentary film team, and tourists, concerned with Climate Change and melting Arctic ice. All 16 Climate Change warriors were evacuated by helicopter in challenging conditions, all are safe. 7 crew remains on board, waiting for Coast Guard ship assistance.

Something is very wrong with Arctic ice, instead of melting as ordered by UN/IPCC, it captured the ship with Climate Change Warriors.


Full original article here.

HT/David G, others keep pouring in,  and my Twitter feed.

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September 8, 2019 10:08 pm

Groundhog Day.

Caligula Jones
Reply to  Francisco
September 9, 2019 8:56 am

To paraphrase: climate activists see something working in action, but disbelieve it because it shouldn’t work in theory.

As someone who has close relatives in fire and rescue, I hope these idiots have to pay a huge “rescue tax”.

Or as I like to say: people who climb mountains are heroes. People who rescue people who TRY to climb mountains are heroes…

Big T
Reply to  Francisco
September 9, 2019 11:19 am

Again, again, again, again———

Catherine S Charles
Reply to  Francisco
September 12, 2019 11:12 am

Enjoy the irony. Note temps have been above normal for years. The area is warming more quickly than the rest of the arctic. Ice is melting, not gone yet. Re:MS MALMO-wind turned unexpectedly, bringing ice that stranded her. &FYI 8/30- 9/5 temps went from 33.8 down to 28.22.

Curious skeptic
September 8, 2019 10:12 pm

Is this going to be an annual rescue? These fools need to pay for the resources(and carbon) used to rescue them.

Reply to  Curious skeptic
September 9, 2019 5:53 am

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. So, yes.

Frank List
Reply to  ScienceABC123
September 11, 2019 2:59 am

We who HAVE learned history are doomed to watch those who REFUSE to learn cause great suffering for everybody else.

Reply to  Curious skeptic
September 9, 2019 7:27 am

I think it clearly has become an anal event. Their hind casting models have left them looking through only one blind eye.

Reply to  eyesonu
September 9, 2019 8:18 am

“…an anal event.”
I kinda like that.

Reply to  Sam Grove
September 9, 2019 8:28 am

me, too – it should become an ANNUAL ANAL event

Reply to  Sam Grove
September 9, 2019 8:33 am

Me too, It should become an annual anal event

Reply to  terrence22
September 9, 2019 11:37 am

Annual ice analists event.

Reply to  Curious skeptic
September 9, 2019 9:20 am

Ohhh … nevermind. I thought you said “animal” rescue? And wondered why you were upset by saving innocent animals …

J Mac
September 8, 2019 10:12 pm

The death of Arctic sea ice has been greatly exaggerated, for both political and financial reasons benefiting the Climate Change Industry. Follow the money….

September 8, 2019 10:14 pm

Thank goodness for fossil fuels, otherwise how would have a battery operated helicopter rescued this ship of fools? There is just so much hypocrisy being preached to the world by these morons. I feel like I have seen this movie before…

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Earthling2
September 9, 2019 12:57 am

It was likely that fossil fuels powered the diesel generators that kept the Climate Warriors from freezing their doodahs off!!!! Shades of the Kapitan Kalebnikov (?) a few years back carrying a party of tourists to see the ice not there, & got stuck for several days, unable to be rescued until sea-ice conditions improved, because the sea-ice wasn’t supposed to be there! Plus ca change, plus ce la memchose! AtB

Yet another blank from the BBC & all other MSM hacks!

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Alan the Brit
September 9, 2019 6:16 am

“It was likely that fossil fuels powered the diesel generators that kept the Climate Warriors from freezing their doodahs off!!!!”

I doubt if any of them had any doodahs in the first place.

Reply to  Jeff Alberts
September 9, 2019 8:02 am

Or in the right place.

Bryan A
Reply to  Earthling2
September 9, 2019 5:40 am

It wouldn’t have. An all electric (non nuclear) vessel and an all electric air rescue system would have ensured all aboard were Polar Bear Food (Paris the thought)

September 8, 2019 10:14 pm

Another Ship of Fools gets the cold shoulder and has to fly home…just too much melting ice about.

Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
September 9, 2019 12:48 am

FLY? F L Y ? what , what will St Greetin say about that ?

Reply to  Saighdear
September 9, 2019 1:20 am

Did they use sail-based helicopters to get there? Or was it gliders? Otherwise St Greta won’t approve!

William Grubel
Reply to  Ric
September 9, 2019 8:42 am

They were going to use gliders but the diesels couldn’t put out enough power to run the electric motors to stretch the rubber band to launch.

Another Ian
Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
September 9, 2019 1:52 am

During the “Christmas Turkey Ship of Fools” there was a rewrite of a Robert Service poem around the theme of “The Ice That Wasn’t There” which could be recycled in honour of this – but I haven’t been able to find it.

Crispin in Waterloo
Reply to  Another Ian
September 9, 2019 5:02 am

Hows’s this:

Yesterday under the stars
I found much ice that wasn’t ours
I found there again today
I wish that ice would go away.


Yesteryears, to doc the ice
That isn’t there, I ventured twice
The ice not there made my ship groan
My estimates had been undone.
While seven huddle, cold inside
The ice not there doth melt my pride.
My stomach feels the quease inside.

Reply to  Crispin in Waterloo
September 9, 2019 7:52 am

You could also do something about the ekowarrior that, “softly and silently vanished away, for the ekowarrior was a boojum, you see”.

I’ve always liked nonsense poetry.

Crispin in Waterloo
Reply to  Crispin in Waterloo
September 9, 2019 8:05 am

Apologies for the missing word:

Yesterday under the stars
I found much ice that wasn’t ours
I found ice there again today
I wish that ice would go away.

For those from different cultures who are unfamiliar with the original children’s nonsense poem, it goes like this:

Yesterday upon the stair
I met a man who wasn’t there.
He wasn’t there again today.
I wish that man would go away.

Reply to  Crispin in Waterloo
September 9, 2019 10:21 am

Yesterday upon the sea
I found much ice that shouldn’t be
I found much ice again today
I wish that ice would go away.

Reply to  Crispin in Waterloo
September 9, 2019 9:21 am

I’ve never seen an abominable snowman
I’m hoping not to see one.
I’m also hoping, if I do
That it will be a wee one.

Reply to  Another Ian
September 9, 2019 2:05 pm

Maybe someone could revise Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools” to “Ship of Fools”

Ship, ship, ship,
Ship of fools.

Rob R
Reply to  Taphonomic
September 10, 2019 12:38 am

Jim Morrison and the Doors:

The human race was dying out
No one left to scream and shout
People walking on the moon
Smog gonna yet ya pretty soon

Ship of fools etc

Another Ian
Reply to  Another Ian
September 10, 2019 12:15 am
Bill Treuren
September 8, 2019 10:18 pm


September 8, 2019 10:24 pm

Doubtless this will headline news on the Guardian tomorrow.

” Great news: the Arctic has been saved brave science expedition. “

Mike From Au
Reply to  Greg
September 9, 2019 1:30 am

You forgot to mention, as well as saving the arctic, the science expedition also saved 5 polar bears and half a dozen seals that will be relocated using the latest sea ice intelligence..

Mike From Au
Reply to  Mike From Au
September 9, 2019 3:20 am

Ok then …the headline is general enough to cover saving the polar bears and seals…my apology..

Reply to  Greg
September 9, 2019 4:49 pm

“It was worse than they thought.”

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  jorgekafkazar
September 9, 2019 9:50 pm

It always is.
Pity they haven’t figured out the common element in all their wrong predictions…. themselves.

September 8, 2019 10:29 pm

The problem with those activists, warriors and other kinds of alarmists is that most of them believe their own lies. So, they really think there is no ice up there.
And possibly even after being rescued they insist in their state of denial.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Tom van Leeuwen
September 9, 2019 12:59 am

Tom, it would have been oh so tempting to just leave them there on the basis of my earlier post above, i.e. the ice has all but gone what’s your problem?

Reply to  Tom van Leeuwen
September 9, 2019 10:57 am

I hope they got very cold, scared and suffered a bit. Perhaps even got some cuts and bruises. Idiots.

September 8, 2019 10:30 pm

Well they wanted to see the reality of global warming for themselves and they did. I’m sure they realise it was money well spent.

Maybe they can get a refund from the Guardian for lying to them.

Colin C
Reply to  Greg
September 9, 2019 12:06 am

There seems to be a never ending tap of other people’s money. Energy and lifestyle taxes rinsed through the charity and quango sectors.

Reply to  Greg
September 17, 2019 10:10 am

Ha,Ha,Ha. Fools

Reply to  Howard
September 18, 2019 1:04 am

Good morning Howard (UTC),

Please see my other comments requesting a correction to the “fake news” reported in Charles’ OP.

The only “fools” here are those who swallow the garbage spouted by “right-wing websites” hook, line and sinker!

terry bixler
September 8, 2019 10:32 pm

Maybe they should have checked the error bars on their climate models. It seems that Pat Frank’s thoughts may have a broader reach to the climate activists then they might have ever expected. Wonder if the Helicopters were electric.

Reply to  terry bixler
September 8, 2019 11:43 pm

I’m sure the ice breaker the freed the ship wasn’t running on batteries or solar panels or wind turbines, or sails.

Russ Wood
Reply to  rah
September 14, 2019 6:06 am

I think that an earlier Lord Franklin would have something to say about sails in the Arctic…

Reply to  Russ Wood
September 14, 2019 3:13 pm


The “icebreaker” didn’t “free the ship”. According to the (autotranslated) correction issued by the Norwegian web site that “broke” the “story”:

The coast guard ship KV Andenes escorted MS Malmö out of the Hinlopen Strait on Svalbard on Wednesday, after the vessel itself had managed to recover from the ice.

Please also note that Hinlopen Strait is on the opposite side of Spitsbergen to Longyearbyen.

September 8, 2019 10:35 pm

They shouldn’t have rescued these fools (at least for the sake of polar bears welfare):
– before dying from cold and/or being eaten by polar bears, those idiots could have produced for once in their life a TRUE documentary on the ACTUAL climate in the Svalbard area with the title : “The cold it kills stupid (and the polar bears don’t help) !”

Bryan A
September 8, 2019 10:51 pm

Loyal, Nick,
Apologies from Svalbard for trapping your climate faithful in a slight scrim of rotten first year ice in September when Ice Free conditions were preordained by the Holy Sepulchre IPCC

Bryan A
Reply to  Bryan A
September 9, 2019 5:45 am

Dang autocorrect
Loydo and Nick

September 8, 2019 11:15 pm

Aarrr me hearties, Arctic Ice must verily be a pirate to capture helpless research ships like that! Pieces of Eight! Pieces of Eight! What fun!

September 8, 2019 11:36 pm

Victims of GroupThink.

oebele bruinsma
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
September 9, 2019 12:44 am

Me think “Victims of group Freeze”

Reply to  oebele bruinsma
September 12, 2019 8:44 pm

Brain Freeze: When you eat too much ice that you knew wasn’t there.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
September 9, 2019 8:18 am

“Victims of group “low resolution thinking”.

September 9, 2019 12:10 am

Sounds like they are nominees for the Environmental Darwin Awards, failing to understand the true nature of the environment, and putting both themselves and others in danger.

mike the morlock
September 9, 2019 12:11 am

This is an “ad” for the company that operates the ship.
Seems to have been built in 1943 by Sweden Not a good idea to take into thick ice. More of a vanity tourist ship.
Anyway the link shows pictures of the inside of the ship.


Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
Reply to  mike the morlock
September 9, 2019 4:40 am

Looked at the specifications; smaller than my first impression from looking at the photo:

Ship Specifications

Crew: 8

Guests: max 15

Length: 37.05 m

Breadth: 8.80

Draft: 4.91 m

Ice Class: Ice strengthen according to Lloyds highest ice class

Cruising Speed: 10 Knots

Built: 1943 Helsingborg, Sweden

Refurbished and total overhaul: 2014

Registered: Göteborg, Sweden

Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
September 9, 2019 11:10 am

I always sleep well to the tune of a diesel engine.

Reply to  Fran
September 9, 2019 12:45 pm

Then don’t become a truck driver! 🙂

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
Reply to  mike the morlock
September 9, 2019 9:36 am

Looking at the Malmo trip schedule, they seem to make a “Winter Whales of Norway” cruise every week out of Tromsø. Could be fun, but looks pricey (air evac not included). There is an upcoming “Northern Lights Cruise” January 28 – February 3rd next year which from the photo anyway looks really spectacular.

Seems like an honest ship just trying to make a living. Not their fault they got chartered by Climate Warriers.

Javert Chip
Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
September 9, 2019 11:26 am

Don’t know if I’m buying “…honest ship just trying to make a living. Not their fault they got chartered by Climate Warriers….”.

This is why you’re supposed to have a licensed, experienced, knowledgable, un-drunk captain in charge of the ship.

Tombstone Gabby
Reply to  Javert Chip
September 9, 2019 1:33 pm

Or could it be that the skipper is something of a “warmist” himself?

September 9, 2019 12:17 am

I just cracked a rib laughing.

Reply to  Chaswarnertoo
September 9, 2019 5:16 am

Congratulations !

You are climate change´s first victim.

Reply to  F1nn
September 9, 2019 9:32 am

you just made my day …

September 9, 2019 12:20 am

Earth Hour is to be blamed. The excess ice is caused by too many taking their phone chargers off standby.

Carl Friis-Hansen
September 9, 2019 12:29 am

I hope the beautiful little old ship will survive and get free of the ice:
I was once tempted to go on a trip with MS Malmö in 2014, together with Dr. Fred Goldberg from Swedish Polar Institute AB. – How I miss Fred Goldberg.

From a private email from Fred Goldberg I will take the liberty to translate a small paragraph:
“If the ice increase or diminish is observed optically from satellite every month by NASA since 1979, but the problem is that you cannot see the thickness of the ice or how much the ice has packed-up. What actually register with higher accuracy, is how much open water there is.”

Reply to  Carl Friis-Hansen
September 10, 2019 5:37 am

Agree that’s a fine ship. Unfortunately it’s being abused by the operators.

Rod Evans
September 9, 2019 12:45 am

How many more embarrassing trips into the warm Arctic waters are these Disciples of Climate Change religion going to make, before one of the believers asks a real question about man made climate change?
A question like, why is there so much ice everywhere? Or maybe? Why isn’t Al up here to tell us why this ice free ocean he told us about all those years ago has so much residual ice in it?

Reply to  Rod Evans
September 9, 2019 4:57 pm

Well, see, warmth is sneaky. It can take the form of ice. It looks cold, but it’s really hot. This is very scientifical. Really.

September 9, 2019 12:50 am
Reply to  Charlie
September 9, 2019 11:01 am

Naive buffoons.

Ed Zuiderwijk
September 9, 2019 12:54 am

Clearly, the Russians are not afraid to call a spade a spade and put it in the paper. You won’t find any of it in the MSM. Isn’t that ironic?

Billy Twoknives
September 9, 2019 12:56 am

The dummies should have been left there to sweat it out.

Reply to  Billy Twoknives
September 9, 2019 2:45 am

yeah I agree, a decent taste of their stupidity!
after all the crew have to stay and put up with the conditions , those who wanted to go see…should too.
reality-what a concept;-)

Ivor Ward
September 9, 2019 1:15 am

That is a mighty powerful chopper in the video (Thanks Charlie 1250am). How much fossil fuel does that use in an hour?

John Tillman
Reply to  Ivor Ward
September 9, 2019 12:02 pm

Looks to be a Super Puma. Twin engine cruise of 130 knots gives a safe average consumption of 1030 lbs/hour, with adequate reserve.

Fossil fuel to the rescue!

September 9, 2019 2:04 am

Doubtless this will be spun as a result of increased glacier calving (caused by you know what) meaning more floating sea ice yada yada yada…

Carl Friis-Hansen
Reply to  Admad
September 9, 2019 3:18 am

Yes I do, increased calving is generally caused by increased ice mass, not by melting – melted ice is what some people call water.
The punch is not to You, Admad, it is to the ignorant followers of climate scare.

Jeff Mitchell
Reply to  Carl Friis-Hansen
September 9, 2019 1:56 pm

Next thing you know they’ll be asking for it in anhydrous form.

September 9, 2019 2:15 am

Do you think al gore will use this? He is trying to use the Imaq picture as proof of melting sea ice, yet has shown to solid evidence of mass ice melt… Also didn’t another boat carry tourists get stuck, or they had to turn around a month or so ago, with 3 meter thick ice?

Reply to  Sunny
September 9, 2019 4:26 am

Yes, indeed. 2014, Antarctica.
Chris Turney, an Australian university professor led an expedition of academics, reporters, and tourists to Antarctica to bear witness the destruction of the antarctic ice. It was high summer, no less. The Gods will play with mere mortals as they will. The ship, MV Akademik Shokalskiy promptly got stuck in the ice, and the weather turned ugly. (Lesson: when things go bad, they always go from bad to worse) A major international rescue was mounted. The Australian icebreaker, Aurora Australis came close but was driven back by the storm and closing ice. The Chinese icebreaker, Xue Long (Snow Dragon) was able to get close enough to get the passengers off the Akademik Shokalskiy by using it’s helicopler. Xue Long was then in turn trapped in ice. (Lesson: Just when you think it can’t get any worse…) Using their helicopter again, the Xue Long was able to transfer the passengers to the Aurora Australis. Eventually, the two stuck ships were freed, and all made it home safe and sound. The Turney expedition was dubbed “The Ship Of Fools”, that is how it has been known ever since.
The Australian Navy would eventually send the bill to Turney’s university which had partially sponsored the fiasco. No word if they ever actually paid it.
Here is a good story on it:

Reply to  Sunny
September 9, 2019 7:01 am

No that was a brand-new norwegian research vessel which had to turn back with damage after trying to get through the very difficult ice north of Svalbard.

William Haas
September 9, 2019 2:51 am

Serves them right riding on a ship powered by fossil fuels. Why do they have to be there anyway?

September 9, 2019 2:51 am

Like Christmas, It’s becoming an annual event

Anon Eumouse
September 9, 2019 2:53 am

Like Christmas, It’s becoming an annual event

Paul Kolk
September 9, 2019 3:28 am

A couple of thoughts on this:
Firstly, the prefix to the ship’s name, MS, indicates that it is a Motor Ship, which in turn means that it has a Diesel engine………..
Secondly, having looked at the passenger rates, these activists must be very well paid. Out of my pay grade…….

September 9, 2019 3:29 am


Excuse me while I fall down laughing.

Mark Broderick
September 9, 2019 3:36 am

It’s not nice to lie about Mother Nature….She’s a vengeful bltch ! lol

Bruce Cobb
September 9, 2019 4:07 am

Arctic ice does have a sense of humor, unlike the Planet Saviors.

Brian R Catt
September 9, 2019 4:18 am

Ha ha

Tom in Florida
September 9, 2019 4:28 am

This gives new meaning to the phrase brain freeze.

September 9, 2019 4:49 am

Here’s one for the Climate Change Worriers:

Do do you have a problem in life? Yes
Can you do something about it? No
Peace of mind guaranteed 🙂

Reply to  Scarface
September 10, 2019 6:33 am

Don’t worry, be happy!

Right-Handed Shark
September 9, 2019 4:53 am

Do we know who the film crew aboard are? Please be the BBC and Attenborough.

September 9, 2019 6:11 am

More Maritime news-

“Shipping losses declined by a record level of more than 50% year-on-year from 98 in 2017, driven by a significant fall in hotspots around the world and weather-related losses halving after a quieter year of hurricane and typhoon activity. The 2018 loss year is exceptional compared with the rolling 10-year loss average of 104 (down by 55%).

September 9, 2019 6:15 am

You see it is all Mr Watts fault. They checked the sea ice page and forgot to click on things to update them and thought it was still July ice conditions. /sarc

How many more of these “Ships of Fools” before the insurance companies start charging a rescue premium (aka stupid charge)?

Reply to  TRM
September 9, 2019 10:31 am

Actually there is less ice in September than in July. The annual minimum is about September 15. It was understanding this that made Nordenskiöld’s first voyage through the Northeast Passage possible, earlier explorers had usually turned back before the best navigation period.

And timing this voyage so late shows just how difficult the ice situation is this year in Svalbard. Normally Hinlopenstraedet, while not quite ice-free, is passable in July (been there, done that).

Reply to  tty
September 16, 2019 1:05 am


Somebody on here who actually knows what they’re talking about when it comes to Svalbard sea ice.

September 9, 2019 6:23 am

Was this a three hour tour?

Poor Yorek
Reply to  RHS
September 9, 2019 7:06 am

::thumbs up::

September 9, 2019 6:57 am

A correction. The ship was beset in Hinlopenstraedet, not “off Longyearbyen” which is on the western side of Svalbard and invariably ice-free in summer.

Usually Hinlopenstraedet is easily passable this time of year, not this year however, and going around Nordaustlandet is also impossible. Foolish to even try it in such a small and weak vessel.

September 9, 2019 7:05 am

That sign in X-Files “I Want to Believe”. This ship won’t get the 24/7 coverage by the media that was expected.

September 9, 2019 7:08 am

The Climate Warriors consistently refuse to let reality influence their plans and their faith.

Last year it was the Northwest Passage that had a bit more ice than average and was impassable. This year conditions there are about average, and the shallow southern route is passable (for a few weeks), but instead there is more ice than usual in the Barents Sea sector. This was already easily foreseeable last spring since the ice north and east of Svalbard was very thick (>3 meters):

Reply to  tty
September 16, 2019 1:11 am

Quite so tty, although in no way should the passengers on MS Malmö be classified as “climate warriors”!

Henry chance
September 9, 2019 7:27 am

Using a sailboat would render a stronger virtue signal. Not like mine which has nylon, dacron, mylar and kevlar sails from petrol and an epoxy hull.

Thomas Homer
September 9, 2019 8:08 am

“7 crew remains on board, waiting for Coast Guard ship assistance.”

Would that ‘Coast Guard assistance’ be employing an Ice-Breaker?

Perhaps we’d have more ice if ‘Environmental Scientists’ would forgo using Ice-Breakers at both poles. If you’re actively destroying ice, don’t lecture me about potentially diminishing ice.

Nicholas McGinley
September 9, 2019 8:38 am

“Arctic ‘Global Warming’ Mission Scuppered By Mysterious Hard White Substance”

September 9, 2019 9:12 am

How often can one be ambushed by reality and still call himself a realist?

John Tillman
September 9, 2019 9:48 am

According to NSDIC, Arctic sea ice extent grew yesterday from 4.293 million sq km to 4.297. If gains continue, this would be among one of the earliest summer lows in the dedicated satellite record, since 1979, if not the earliest. Septmeber 10, 2016 was a recent early minimum. Sea ice built for two consecutive days in late August, however, so it’s obviously too soon to declare a bottom for this season.

Whether September 7 proves this summer’s low or not, the slowdown in melt suggests that 2019 will pip out 2016 and 2007 for fourth lowest year, after the 2012 record minimum. Fifth lowest was 2011 and sixth 2015. Arctic cyclones struck in the three lowest years, twice in 2016. There was a cyclone in late August this year, too, but it didn’t seem to affect sea ice extent.

Griff and NOAA were yet again wrong, as usual, to expect 2019 closely to rival 2012’s 3.387 M sq km. Unless a late season cyclone should hit the Arctic. the annual fluctuations are just weather. The trend has been flat since 2007. Arctic sea ice is in its natural cyclical bottoming process.

Reply to  John Tillman
September 9, 2019 10:08 am

And before Griff cuts in that it is the volume, not the area of the ice that is important, and declining. Here is the only data on sea-ice volume that is actually measured not modelled, from Cryosat:

See any decline?

John Tillman
Reply to  tty
September 9, 2019 11:05 am

Thanks for that.

Multiyear ice is doing quite well, thank you!

Reply to  tty
September 9, 2019 11:10 am

It seems to me a lot of people tend to think of sea ice as static. Of course it isn’t. Places that were open water last year are closed up by heavy ice this year and of course the opposite is true. Extent, usually what is probably the least climate indicative metric, is what Griff loves to harp on all the time.

John Tillman
Reply to  rah
September 9, 2019 11:34 am

Nor does the arbitrary cutoff of 15% ice cover in satellite observations necessarily mean waters open to navigation, as per the present situation in the southern route of the NW Passage.

John Tillman
Reply to  John Tillman
September 10, 2019 8:00 am

Up again yesterday to 4.318 M sq km.

NOAA should have a lot of explaining to do about its wishful-thinking prediction three weeks ago of 3.44 M, second only to the record minimum in 2012 of 3.39 M.

Even if Arctic sea ice should start melting again this month, it won’t get anywhere near that low.

John Tillman
Reply to  John Tillman
September 10, 2019 9:00 am

In 1980 the low occurred on September 5 or 6, which was a leap year. So September 7 would not be unprecedented in the dedicated satellite record.

John Tillman
Reply to  John Tillman
September 11, 2019 9:08 am

Arctic sea ice extent on September 10:

Another build, however small, yesterday, to 4.324 M sq km.

Like watching ice freeze!

John Tillman
Reply to  John Tillman
September 11, 2019 9:12 am

Higher than on same date in 2012, 2007 and 2016. Griff must be crestfallen. Disappointment upon disappointment that Mother Gaia doesn’t cooperate with his confident predictions based upon his deep religious faith in the great god CACA.

John Tillman
September 9, 2019 9:59 am

OTOH, Antarctic sea ice dipped slightly yesterday, but if the 7th should remain the high, it’s in the normal range.

September 9, 2019 10:03 am

I’m still convinced that these eco-tourists go on these trips to show that the ice is not there.
Expecting to “dine out” on the horrors of ice-free summers all winter.

Reply to  Bob Hoye
September 9, 2019 10:43 am

Not necessarily. Hinlopenstraedet is quite good for Polar Bears and there is a large Walrus haulout at Torellneset (on land, not ice, please note). There is also a large breeding colony of Brünnich’s Guillemot on Alkefjellet, but they are gone by now. There is also a good chance to see Sabine’s Gull and some slight chance for Ross’s Gull.

September 9, 2019 10:03 am

// Erofey Schkvarkin
Erofey is a Merchant Marine Captain with more than 20 years experience in commanding oil tankers. He works as a Captain, being most of his time at sea. He contributes maritime news.“

The mocking tone of this article is palpable. I wonder if it has anything to do with the author having spent 20 years at sea. How many climate warriors set foot on a ship for the first time, yet due to their “wokeness” already knew everything there was to know about arctic sea ice?

September 9, 2019 10:34 am

How much fossil fuel energy went into the making of this venture and ensuing rescue?

September 9, 2019 11:00 am

This has a good summary of other Ships of Fools:

Will we soon be adding another one to the list?

Eric Elsam
September 9, 2019 11:51 am

Ah, Schadenfreude! Ain’t it great?

jim heath
September 9, 2019 12:43 pm

I have a climate change car and willing to fly you anywhere in the World for free.

Richard N Thornton
September 9, 2019 3:36 pm

From the picure/map it appears to have ran into an island. Am I missing something?

Reply to  Richard N Thornton
September 9, 2019 4:13 pm

No it got stuck in ice at the southern end of Hinlopen strait.

September 9, 2019 4:05 pm

Warmunists: “You think you’re smarter than the thousands of scientists warning us about global warming?”

You mean like the scientists that call themselves experts in Arctic sea ice who get themselves trapped in and have to be rescued from Arctic sea ice?

Little bit.

September 9, 2019 4:26 pm

Apparently they were trying to retrace the route of the Ahlmann expedition with Quest in 1931 that made the first accurate survey of the Nordaustland and Kvitöya and also visited Franz Josephs land.

However 1931 was a very good ice year in the Barents sea area, while 2019 is not, so they failed, despite being nearly a month later than Quest, when ice is at a minimum. Must be a bit embarassing.

Details about the 1931 expedition:

September 9, 2019 7:42 pm

There should be a public service announcement attached to any film about the melting Arctic that reads:

No ice was harmed in the making of this film.

In this case, I wonder how many tons of innocent ice will be disturbed in an attempt to get that ship moving.

Ice murderers !!

Johann Wundersamer
September 9, 2019 8:17 pm

Same ol’ story:

“Climate Change warriors were evacuated by helicopter in challenging conditions, all are safe.

7 crew remains on board, waiting for Coast Guard ship assistance.”

Let’s see if the “Climate Change warriors” are ready to pay back the rescue costs:

Johann Wundersamer
September 9, 2019 8:34 pm

Arctic most endangered by – tourists:

“Arved Fuchs, a German adventurer and the first person to reach both the north and south poles on foot in a year, said: “The number of cruise ships is rising, that’s the crux. And the bigger the ship, the more problematic this is. Party ships have no place in the Arctic,” he told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung in an interview.

Fuchs, a celebrated environmentalist who runs an annual climate camp to teach European students about global warming, said he had witnessed small Inuit villages being inundated by day trippers spilling out of cruise ships.

“Some of the small Inuit villages are regularly flooded with cruise ship passengers,” he said. “They do nothing more than gawp and give little back to the people who live there. The visitors are the only ones to profit, not the residents.””

Johann Wundersamer
September 9, 2019 8:42 pm

Leaves the question:

Why didn’t climate saviour Greta Thunberg ask Arved Fuchs for a hike over stormy Atlantic ocean.

Johann Wundersamer
September 9, 2019 9:14 pm

Leaves the question:

Why didn’t climate saviour Greta Thunberg ask Arved Fuchs for a hike over stormy Atlantic ocean

Leaves the question:

Why will that sweet little 6teens tell us about “Climate Change”.

Not only

– thei’re only 16 years, what do they know.

– they strike school “for their cause”, what CAN they know.

But too:

What kind of POLITICIANS rely on tales of climate worriers, what do THAT kind of politicians know!

Tales Of Brave Ulysses

song by Cream

You thought the leaden winter
Would bring you down forever
But you rode upon a steamer
To the violence of the sun

And the colors of the sea
Blind your eyes with trembling mermaids
And you touch the distant beaches
With tales of brave Ulysses

How his naked ears were tortured
By the sirens sweetly singing
For the sparkling waves are calling you
To touch their white laced lips

And you see a girl’s brown body
Dancing through the turquoise
And her footprints make you follow
Where the sky loves the sea

And when your fingers find her
She drowns you in her body
Carving deep blue ripples
In the tissues of your mind

Tiny purple fishes
Run laughing through your fingers
And you want to take her with you
To the hard land of the winter

Her name is Aphrodite
And she rides a crimson shell
And ou know you cannot leave her
For you touched the distant sands
With tales of brave Ulysses
How his naked ears were tortured
By the sirens sweetly singing

Tiny purple fishes
Run laughing through your fingers
And ou want to take her with you
To the hard land of the winter

Source : LyricFind

Songwriter: Eric Patrick Clapton / Martin Sharp

Songtext von Tales Of Brave Ulysses (BBC Sessions) © Warner Chappell Music, Inc

Another Scott
September 9, 2019 9:40 pm

They wasted all that money on a helicopter rescue? I could’ve just made a few extra trips to Costco in my oversized SUV and climate changed them out of that ice

September 9, 2019 10:27 pm

It could not have happened to a more deserving bunch. One cannot help but laugh.

September 10, 2019 9:18 am

As they say, you would have to have a heart of stone not to laugh.

Mark Folkestad
September 10, 2019 11:05 am

The article says halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Sigh. Svalbard IS Norway. The writer should have said the Norwegian mainland instead of Norway. That might seem picky to many, but I am an American whose roots all go back to Norway.

September 10, 2019 8:48 pm

Funny how these adventures abandon ship and never are seen again . Reality check completed . The
shear terror of hearing your boat get crunched has that effect . I wonder if they sat around telling Franklin
stories ?
Who picked up the rescue tab ?

September 10, 2019 10:29 pm

It’s actually MS Malmö, not MS Malmo.

Gunga Din
September 11, 2019 2:06 pm

“Upside down déjà vu all over again”?

September 13, 2019 5:00 am

Hi Charles/Anthony,

Are you aware that the original source of this “story” has published a correction? If not please see:

Will you be following suit? FYI here is a picture of all the sea ice off Longyearbyen, courtesy of Joss Stone:

Chris Thompson
September 15, 2019 8:01 pm

You probably won’t publish this, but the leader of the expedition has said they were NOT “climate warriors” and were not making a documentary. They were a bunch of middle aged guys following the path of an earlier expedition.

The leader told a local newspaper that he had tried to correct the misinformation, but had no reply from the blog that apparently kicked off the incorrect claim about them being “climate warriors”.


Reply to  Chris Thompson
September 16, 2019 2:33 am

There’s been no reply here from Charles/Anthony yet either Chris! Unless I blinked and missed it?

However the original source of the Norwegian language misinformation has published a correction. See my link above.

En Passant
September 16, 2019 1:20 am

The real test is: how many of them changed their minds about being fried in 11 years and 7 months?

September 16, 2019 2:29 pm

In the centerfold of the 09.2019 issue of National Geographic (a subscription gifted to me by a warming alarmist hoping to help me get my mind right) we find an image of the Arctic from a year ago showing the area in question ice-free. It could be a fluke, but we get to claim that the region gained sea ice from the previous year, and employ their data in the process. Let’s get back to air and water quality and proper disposal of trash.

September 16, 2019 4:14 pm

Hi Bruce,

What are your thoughts regarding this point on a more recent thread?

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