About that vessel rescued by icebreakers

“The ship never came close to entering the NW Passage this year,” reader P Salmon points out. “It grounded about 250 miles south of the Bellot Strait on the east side of the peninsula.”

(We’re talking about the passengers aboard the grounded Arctic “cruise ship” that had to be flown back south, the ice-class research vessel Akademik Ioffe. It wasn’t exactly a “cruise ship.” See below.)

“This ship was on the other side of the the peninsula from the Northwest Passage, 165 miles straight line west of Gjoa Haven,” says Salmon. “They were in an area that is always ice free in Summer. The icebreakers are the only CCG vessels there and their diversion puts others at risk. Best line from the article…”Canada’s Arctic seas remain poorly charted.” And yet the NY Times and Guardian continue to spew North Pole shipping route stories.

About the Northwest Passage Project, as presented on their website:

Commencing in August 2018, the Northwest Passage Project will embark on a 22-day expedition into the Passage aboard the state-of-art, ice-class research vessel Akademik Ioffe. Departing from Resolute Bay then traveling south and west to Cambridge Bay via Bellot Strait, the Akademik Ioffe will return to Lancaster Sound and Pond Inlet before traveling down the east side of Baffin Island, with several stops along the way.

The Northwest Passage Project is a collaborative effort between the University of Rhode Island (URI), Inner Space Center (ISC), and the Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO), the film company, David Clark, Inc., and several other collaborators, including five U.S. universities that are classified as Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).

Along with the ship’s crew, there will be scientistseducation professionals, and students sailing through the Northwest Passage. During the expedition, there will be 15 undergraduate students aboard. The students will receive science instruction as the ship is underway, participate in live broadcasts from sea, and work alongside ocean scientists as they conduct Arctic research.

With all those scientists and education professionals aboard, this does not exactly match my version of a “cruise ship.”

And being rescued by icebreakers – in August! – probably wasn’t on their list of expected outcomes.  


Passengers on grounded Arctic cruise ship to be flown back south – Video

You can see where the Akademik Ioffe was headed originally here:

The Expedition

Thanks to P Salmon

7 thoughts on “About that vessel rescued by icebreakers”

  1. I’m wondering if the “Cruise Report” of that “expedition” (normally provided by a ship’s captain at the end of a cruise) will be available to the public.
    Such Cruise Reports typically also list every person on board, and the reason for their presence and/or activity, and give exact coordinates and times of the oceanographic research stations, the number and times of samples taken, etc.
    I’d be quite interested in reading that.

  2. its not well charted cos of the ice making doing it impossible i suspect;-)wonder how many students just woke up that warmist science is NOT reality?

  3. “oceanographic research”–a front for deluded warmists to go to the Arctic to prove that there is no ice there.
    There is bound to be a real story behind the ship grounding. Hard enough to damage the hull.
    How did the ship get free?

  4. Yeaugh that was probably not totally expected by the crew to be rescued by icebreakers. This should mean that there was an over- abundance of ice greater than expected on their route. Like they said “this is an area always ice free in summer.” But they had to be rescued by ice breakers! I think they used the term “cruise ship” as an alternative to avoid the real embarrassment for the reason they were there: They went there believing that the area was ice free to write a story on disappearing Arctic ice to further their agenda. Being that it was August – they were certain this time of year would be their best chance to do it. (figures..but everyone knows that ice is less present there in late summer)
    But even that failed strategy did not work this time!

  5. As I recall another article, she was “grounded,” not trapped in ice, and I believe the icebreakers probably were used as tugs to pull her off what she ran into.

    This was not the first time this company ran this ship on the route, or the companion ship that was in the vicinity. I also doubt this ship doesn’t have sounding equipment, so either they entered the channel at the wrong cycle of the tide, or the tide was extremely low, or perhaps there was a greater height to a sandbar that may form off the mouth of the river there. I suppose it is possible that since they knew the channel and its location well, they might not have been using the sounding equipment. If that was the case, than a lesson hopefully has been learned that one never trusts the coastal regions to remain unchanged.

  6. The Northwest Passage consists of seven (7) routes through the Arctic. From the Arctic Circle in Davis Strait to the Arctic Circle in the Bering Strait (depending on direction of travel).

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