As of today, both the Akademik Shokalskiy and the Xue Long are in open water
SYDNEY, January 08, 13:56 /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian research ship Akademik Shokalsky has finally got out of the ice and reached open water, chief mate Nikolai Velichko told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.
"We reached open water at about 18:20 ship time (about 09:20 Moscow time), he said.
The ship was sailing at 11 knots. There was fog, no wind, and visibility was within two miles. The vessel was moving carefully with only one engine working, as icebergs were detected with locators, the mate noted.
They are expected to arrive at New Zealand's port of Bluff early on January 14.Anybunny interested can trace the Xeu Long, the Australian ship the Aurora Australis and the US Nathan B Palmer, which are in the area using the live ships map on Marine Traffic. The Akademik Shokalskiy doesn't appear to be updating its position, but if you had load of money you probably could find it by paying for the satellite positioning service
The Chinese icebreaker also safely left the ice area, passed the Russian ship and sailed north at 15 knots, the mate added.
Which should pretty much put an end to at least some of the heavy breathing. Willard Tony had infinite blather on this, ATTP went through a Richard Troll attack with off topic reprise, and Stoat was busy being . . . ah, fascinatingly weird. Steve McIntyre is taking up a collection