Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Breathless in Antarctica Writes

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.
The Chinese icebreaker also safely left the ice area, passed the Russian ship and sailed north at 15 knots, the mate added.
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

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


8 comments:

Rattus Norvegicus said...

Tony's taking credit for the weather changing is especially rich!

William Connolley said...

When I was at BAS, I wrote some stuff that tracked ourships from their met reports. It looks like the code has survived:

http://www.antarctica.ac.uk/met/services/ship-track.html

If SoM was doing Proper Science I'd expect them to be trackable by same.

It looks like the all-ships decoding is still working (http://www.antarctica.ac.uk/met/metlog/ships-met.html) so you'd need to know its call-sign. If it has one.

Anonymous said...

I find the McIntyre comment strange: did the scientists overpower the crew and subsequently get the ship icebound? Otherwise, I'd expect the ship's captain to be responsible for safety of his ship.

Regards, Millicent

bluegrue said...

UBNF, per wikipedia. Does not show up, but all the links on http://www.antarctica.ac.uk/met/metlog/ships-met.html page seem to be broken. Not sure how well it still works.

Anonymous said...

Ask not for whom the Tol bawls...

I pretty much missed the Tol kerfuffle with Frank Ackerman and Charles Munitz at the time it actually occurred, but I was interested to read of it a few days ago. One thing I am struggling with though is the apparent notion that in Tol's view a paper rebutting his own work constitutes libel.

Could someone here perhaps detail what I am missing? Or is this just Moncktonesque sour grapes on Tol's part?


Bernard J.

Sou said...

Bernard, Richard Tol's public tantrums are more often unfathomable than fathomable. It's pointless to struggle.

EliRabett said...

IEHO it is a learned strategy, much like and Monckton, McIntyre, and Chris Christie, to be so disagreeable that normal people simply walk away or avoid conflict. A good example of how this works is MT and Tol/Pielke. We bunnies, of course, blog

dhogaza said...

"Otherwise, I'd expect the ship's captain to be responsible for safety of his ship."

This is true even when the ship is under the control of a licensed pilot (in harbors or rivers, for instance).

The Captain can delegate, but not relieve themselves, of responsibility.

If you charter a boat or ship, you can suggest an intinerary or route to the captain, but not dictate it.

All the schadenfreude over at McIntyre's over the belief that those paying for this trip are going to be totally screwed because of lost future charter income led me to point out that Cheeseman's (who have chartered the trip for a trip to Antarctica to depart January 18th) are still confident that the trip will go. No harm, no foul.