Icebreaker Salvages Lost Recordings Of Beluga whales

by Matthew Green (Reuters) - A year-long recording of the songs of Beluga whales has been salvaged from the Arctic after the crew of a Swedish icebreaker chanced upon a research buoy adrift in hazardous pack ice. A team tracking the device from California said they had almost given it up for lost when a “miracle” run of events allowed the vessel, the Oden, to stage an … [Read more...]

Watch: Amazing Time-Lapse Shows the World’s Biggest Nuclear Icebreakers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKaVhXn49xY Check out this mesmerizing time-lapse showing the Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker Yamal conducting Arctic operations along the Northern Sea Route. The video was released by the Russian-based media company TimeLab which had a film crew spend a week filming aboard the icebreaker in March 2019. Also shown in the video is … [Read more...]

VT Halter Reveals New Coast Guard Icebreaker Details

Mississippi-based shipbuilder VT Halter Marine has provided new details on the $745 million contract for the design and construction of the United States’ first new heavy icebreaker in more than 40 years. As we reported last month, the U.S. Department of Navy selected VT Halter as the prime contractor for the $745,940,860 fixed-price incentive-firm contract for the U.S. … [Read more...]

VT Halter Marine Wins $745 Million Icebreaker Contract

Yesterday, the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy awarded VT Halter Marine Inc., Pascagoula, Mississippi, a contract for the Detail Design and Construction of the Coast Guard’s lead Polar Security Cutter (PSC).  The initial award is valued at $745.9 million and supports non-recurring engineering and detail design of the PSC class as well as procurement of long lead-time … [Read more...]

FIRE IN ANTARCTIC OCEAN Aboard USCG’s Last Heavy Icebreaker

The 150-member crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star fought a fire at approximately 9 p.m. PST Feb. 10 that broke out in the ship's incinerator room about 650 miles north of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. After initial response efforts using four fire extinguishers failed, fire crews spent almost two hours extinguishing the fire. Fire damage was contained inside the … [Read more...]