Icebreaker encounters most difficult ice conditions in 15 years

Somehow, the mainstream media failed to pick this up. Must have been an oversight.

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Back on August 22, a Swedish icebreaker on the way to the North Pole encountered heavy ice conditions and had to stop just before reaching its destination.

The Swedish icebreaker Oden embarked from Svalbard the previous week but encountered difficult ice conditions not seen in one and a half decades.

The Oden’s captain described the ice conditions as the most difficult in the past fifteen years.

The pack ice the ship encountered north of 80° was very dense, piled together through a months-long northward ice drift in the Central Arctic Ocean, meereisportal.de reports.

The dense ice pack left hardly any patches of open water for the ship to navigate between the massive ice floes.

About four miles away from the North Pole, the Oden had to stop its journey dues to a massive ice flow on top of the Pole, meereisportal.de reports.

http://www.highnorthnews.com/icebreaker-encounters-most-difficult-ice-conditions-in-15-yea rs/


11 thoughts on “Icebreaker encounters most difficult ice conditions in 15 years”

    • According to the article it is a research expedition –

      “While the researchers and crew on board carefully observed the ice conditions on their trip, the actual purpose of the Swedish an American-led expedition is to use the icebreaker as a drift station close to the North Pole.

      For a whole month the research teams from many different countries will collect data about the polar atmosphere. The location is ideal in order to keep disturbances away from the delicate measurement tools for clouds and aerosols”

      It was also interesting to note that the ship got as close as it did because a Russian Icebreaker had plowed through the ice earlier.

  1. Icebreaking is somewhat of a suspect in the delusion that our glaciers are being depleted. Have they not realized that their mission of creating shipping lanes in that frozen oasis is actually breaking off large sheets of ice? These sheets usually end up drifting into warmer water where they melt, thus reducing the natural process and the size of the frozen ocean. The relocation of larger ice sheets slowly desalinize the local waters while the cooler water sinks to the floor, slightly altering the local currents.
    Even I, with only a high school education can break this down. Why can’t they?

  2. Today icebreakers regularly travel through the Arctic sea ice AND people wonder why the ice extent is supposedly decreasing.

    Stop ice breaking for a winter and summer and get a reasonable comparison with the past when few ships traveled in the Arctic.

    It could be informative.

    • Got to agree with you. You can’t compare the Arctic of today to the Arctic of 50 years ago because of the number of icebreakers that are in use. Smaller pieces melt faster than larger pieces during the melt season. It is sort of like comparing the forests of Today’s Massachusetts to the forests that the Pilgrims saw.

  3. I have worked in the Arctic and have no desire to go back…. the warmest time in the Arctic has ended, when I worked there Sept was already getting dark(72 degree N) and the temp started to hit minus 30…..Long time ago, give me Florida over cold any day of the week..

  4. but they HAVE TO go there and create damage so they can see what the nasty co2 did!
    reminds me of a friend doing a uni course on eco topics
    the entire class and a bus tramped all over what was supposed to be fragile habitat, killing and disturbing the very “precious” butterflies or moths they were there to save..
    when my friend reported the lecturer and the methods as doing FAR more harm than good..she was the one who was reprimanded!

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