The ice is so thick that it’s closing in around icebreakers before other ships can follow.
“Brutal sea ice conditions that northwest Alaska battled all winter haven’t receded in parts of northern Canada,” says this article from CBC News.
“Two resupply ships are stuck waiting at the mouth of Frobisher Bay in Iqaluit because of tough ice conditions. Frobisher Bay is an inlet of the Labrador Sea.
“In June, winds and currents pushed heavy ice in to the area, CBC News reported on Wednesday.
“Now, two Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers are trying to punch a path through for the resupply vessels. However, the ice is so thick that it’s closing in around the icebreakers before the other ships can follow.”
This is mid-July!
Whatever happened to that “ice-free Arctic” that we keep hearing about?
Thanks to Bill Gissel for this link
“NASA reported that June was the fastest ice melt on record in the Arctic, but this seems to say otherwise,” says Bill.
“Flashback to 2008,” says reader Don Bishop. “Icebreaker stuck in ice; how ironic.” Funny, isn’t it, how icebreakers keep getting stuck in Arctic ice that doesn’t exist.
Cold Irony: Arctic Sea Ice Traps Climate Tour Icebreaker
Cashing in on the panic that has set in with the help of some climate alarmists, tour operators began offering polar expeditions catering to that “see it before it’s gone” travel worry. One of them was a trip though the Northwest Passage on a former Soviet Icebreaker called the Kapitan Khlebnikov, a massive 24,000 horsepower Polar Class icebreaker capable of carrying 108 passengers in relative luxury through the arctic wilderness.
“What irony,” wrote a passenger. “ I am a passenger on one of the most powerful icebreakers in the world, travelling through the Northwest Passage – which is supposed to become almost ice-free in a time of global warming, the next shipping route across the top of the world – and here we are, stuck in the ice, engines shut down, bridge deserted. Only time and tide can free us.”
I originally posted this article on 27 May 2008:
Thanks to Don Bishop for reminding me of this