USCGC Polar Sea (WAGB-11) is a United States Coast Guard Heavy Icebreaker. Curt Dawson, a deck engineer for Foss was on the assist tug and offer this description of the trip. During Antarctic deployments, the primary missions include breaking a channel through the sea ice to resupply the McMurdo Station in the Ross Sea. Contrary to some myths,[according to whom?] Polar Star'sthree shafts are … The Coast Guard plans to decommission the ship by September 2011. Commissioned on 23 February 1977, the ship was built by Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company of Seattle along with her sister ship, Polar Star (WAGB-10). The Coast Guard also operates the medium polar icebreaker USCGC Healy, commissioned in 1999, which serves in the Arctic primarily on research projects, although capable of performing a wide variety of other Coast Guard missions. WAGB-11 USCGC Polar Sea, Polar class Icebreakers, US Coast Guard history and characteristics USCGC Polar Sea (WAGB-11) is a United States Coast Guard heavy icebreaker. Polar Sea has been sidelined since 2010, when an engine casualty left the ship immobilized. After all, the Navy and the Coast Guard have been saying the country needs three heavy and three medium icebreakers. Polar Sea has been out of service since 2010, when it suffered a major engine failure. [6] The "J"-shaped cranes and work areas near the stern and port side of ship give scientists the capability to do at-sea studies in the fields of geology, vulcanology, oceanography, sea-ice physics and other disciplines. Would make the vessel good for another 25 years. The crew of the Polar Star overcame flooding and engine failure to accomplish their mission supporting Operation Deep Freeze. Today, the Coast Guard announced the 399-foot Cutter POLAR SEA suffered an unexpected engine casualty and will be unable to deploy on its scheduled fall 2010 Arctic patrol and may be unavailable for Operation Deep Freeze, Dec. 20 to Jan 2, 2011. Polar Sea has a variety of missions while operating in polar regions. For all three shafts, the diesel-electric plants can produce a total of 18,000 shaft horsepower (13,425 kilowatts) and the gas turbine plants a total of 75,000 demand shaft horsepower (56 MW) or 60,000 continuous horsepower (44.8 MW).[5]. Members of the Coast Guard cutter Polar Star's engineering department make repairs in the ship's motor room while in the Ross Sea near Antarctica, January 16, 2018. Polar Sea's three shafts are each turned by either a two diesel-electric or one gas turbine power plants. The crew of the USCGC Polar Star freed an Australian fishing vessel from thick pack ice Friday night approximately 900 miles northwest of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. There is a crew of 24 officers, 20 chief petty officers and 102 enlisted. It also has its own U.S. Post Office, satellite pay telephones, amateur radio equipment, photo lab, and movie library. [7] She is also just one of only three ships[clarification needed] that has ever completely transited the Arctic Ocean and circumnavigated North America. Polar Star underwent an overhaul in 2013 and has returned to service. Commissioned on 23 February 1977, the ship was built by Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company of Seattle along with her sister ship, Polar Star (WAGB-10). It was slated for demolition in 2012, but the scrapping of the 35-year … Last year, it had its own engine fire which damaged the garbage incinerator housing and the effort to contain the fire caused damage to the electrical system. [13] Decommissioned ice breaker passing Astoria, Oregon. 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The first one is expected by 2023. It was the United States’ position that the Northwest Passage was an international strait open to shipping and it sought only to notify Canada rather than ask for permission. The shell plating and associated internal support structure are fabricated from steel with superior low-temperature strength. Its average temperature in January, which is a summer month, is 26 degrees Fahrenheit. The Polar Star's sister ship, the Polar Sea, was commissioned the same year but left service in 2010 because of repeated failures in its main engines. February 15, 2015 Total Views: 2 USCGC POLAR STAR (WAGB 10) Seattle, WA. Disabled fishing vessel Antarctic Chieftain is towed astern of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star through sea ice near Antarctica, Feb. 14, 2015. [5] Polar Sea has been out of service since 2010 due to engine failure. Michael Davanzo, The harsh conditions in the polar regions take a toll on the 41-year-old Polar Star. Polar Star uses four different methods of electronic navigation to overcome the difficulties of high-latitude operations, and a computerized propulsion control system to effectively manage six diesel-powered propulsion generators, three diesel-powered ship's service generators, three propulsion gas turbines, and other equipment vital to the smooth operation of the ship. Polar Sea uses four different methods[further explanation needed][example needed] of electronic navigation to overcome the difficulties of high-latitude operations, and a computerized propulsion control system to effectively manage six diesel-powered propulsion generators, three diesel-powered ship's service generators, three propulsion gas turbines, and other equipment vital to the operation of the ship. McMurdo Station, opened in December 1955, is the largest Antarctic station, located on the solid ground farthest south that is accessible by ship. USCGC Polar Sea (WAGB-11): US Coast Guard Photo - The question of whether the Polar Sea should be reactivated has been kicking around for a while. [15] One of the provisions of the bill, according to a summary by the Congressional Research Service, "authorizes the Commandant to decommission the icebreaker Polar Sea if the Secretary does not make a determination regarding whether it is cost-effective to reactivate such icebreaker. Il a été mis hors service en 2010 à cause de l'usure excessive de ses moteurs diesel. The refit was expected to be completed by September 2008. Mis en service en 1977, il a été construit par Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company à Harbor Island avec son sister-ship USCGC Polar Star. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft has said the Polar Star is "literally on life support," and the service plans to build at least three heavy and three medium icebreakers to fill out the fleet. This is the USCG Polar Sea Ice Breaker just after it turned the corner towards the ice dock. The ship is in good shape this year … Commissioned on 23 February 1978, the ship was built by Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company of Seattle along with her sister ship, Polar Star (WAGB-10). In 1985, Polar Sea triggered a diplomatic event by navigating the Northwest Passage from Greenland to Alaska without authorization from the Canadian government. 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The proposed new icebreaker is projected to cost about… The Coast Guard cutter Polar Star breaks ice in McMurdo Sound near Antarctica, January 10, 2018. Her home port is Seattle, Washington. [2] A congressional authorization required the Coast Guard to make a report to Congress on the feasibility of retrofitting Polar Sea. [12] The Coast Guard also operates the medium polar icebreaker USCGC Healy, commissioned in 1999, which serves in the Arctic primarily on research … In April 2014, the United States House of Representatives considered the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014 (H.R. US Coast Guard/Chief Petty Officer David Mosley. Uscgc Polar Sea - Other Ship, MMSI 367878000, Callsign NRU0, Flag United States of America - vesseltracker.com Copyright © 2021. An extreme exception to this occurred during a rapid transit to Pt. Polar Sea has sufficient hull strength to absorb the high-powered ice ramming common to her operations. Polar Sea has been out of service since 2010 due to failure of five of her six Alco main diesel engines. With high power to back it up, the 13,000-ton (13,200-metric ton) Polar Sea is able to continuously progress through 6 feet (1.8 m) of new hard ice at 3 knots (6 km/h) and break up to 21 feet when using back-and-ram methods. Polar Sea carried two HH-65 Dolphin helicopters during major deployments. The extensive use of automation and low maintenance materials have greatly reduced staffing requirements. A root cause analysis apparently traced the problem to improper installation of piston rings and/or installation of incorrect (chromed vs. plain) rings. The Polar Star's crew traced the problem to a programming error between the engine and the ship's electrical system — which, like much of the ship, … Three aviation-grade gas turbine engines provide USCGC POLAR STAR with up to 75,000 horsepower, … Times Syndication Service. PTI TRS GJS GJS TIR TIR, Apple doubles its India market share this winter thanks to the launch of its online store and sales of iPhone 11, XR and 12, Master Business Fundamentals from Wharton. USCGC Polar Star and USCGC Polar Sea were commissioned in 1976 and 1977 respectively. They support scientific parties, do ice reconnaissance, cargo transfer, and search and rescue as required. The portion of the hull designed to ram ice is 1¾ inches thick (44 mm) in the bow and stern sections, and 1¼ inches thick (32 mm) amidships. Today, “Polar Star” remains in proud isolation in the linear icebreaker fleet of the United States, and the “Polar Sea” of the same type has been turned into a spare parts warehouse for its sister ship. On 22 August 1994, Polar Sea was one of the first two North American surface vessels to reach the North Pole; she sailed together with CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent. The Polar Star's crew traced the problem to a programming error between the engine and the ship's electrical system - which, like much of the ship, dates back to the 1970s. (It has one medium icebreaker, the Healy, which mainly does scientific work.) "If the Polar Star were to suffer a catastrophic mechanical failure, the nation would not be able to support heavy icebreaker missions like Operation Deep Freeze, and our nation has no vessel capable of rescuing the crew if the icebreakers were to fail in the ice," Midgette told Maritime Executive. Coast Guard heavy icebreaker USCGC Polar Star got closer to Santa’s home than most as they set a record for the northernmost wintertime navigation by a … While traversing 1000 miles of sea ice, the Polar Sea was able to break through ice up to 40 ft thick (USCG Commandant's Bulletin 14-81, March 30, 1981, page 11). The crew supported the NSF by cutting a resupply channel through 15 miles of Antarctic ice in the Ross Sea and escorting supply vessels to the continent. En … Polar Sea has been out of service since 2010 due to complete failure of five of her six … . USCGC POLAR SEA (WAGB 11) Coast Guard Cutter POLAR SEA (WAGB 11) is one of the world's most powerful, conventionally propelled icebreakers. The Coast Guard's only heavy icebreaker has been fighting engine failure and flooding in the frigid Antarctic, "Although we had less ice this year than last year, we had several engineering challenges to overcome to get to the point where we could position ourselves to moor in McMurdo," Polar Star commanding officer Capt. On January 11, there was a failure in one of the ship's three main gas turbines, which produce the power needed for the ship's propellers to break up thick, multiyear accumulations of ice. The extensive use of automation and low maintenance materials have greatly reduced staffing requirements. The extensive use of automation and low maintenance materials have greatly reduced staffing requirements. On March 25, 2008 the Navy Times described options for the refit or replacement of the older Polar-class vessels. Would make the vessel good for another seven to ten years. Le USCGC Polar Sea est un brise-glace de l'United States Coast Guard des États-Unis. Christopher Woody/Google MapsMcMurdo Station, opened in December 1955, is the largest Antarctic station, located on the solid ground farthest south that is accessible by ship. POLAR SEA is designed to perform science, icebreaking, and all Coast … Homeported in Seattle since being commissioned in 1977, POLAR SEA has operated around the globe. U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In nautical history, Polar Sea holds several notable records. Examination of her engines indicated excessive engine wear, with engine pistons welded to their sleeves. Commissioned on 23 February 1978, the ship was built by Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company of Seattle along with her sister ship, Polar Star (WAGB-10). Her home port is Seattle, Washington. Polar Sea has been out of service since 2010 due to failure of five of her six Alco main diesel engines. The US Coast Guard's only operational heavy icebreaker, the Polar Star, recently completed a mission to cut a resupply channel through Antarctic ice in the Ross Sea, but the ship's 150-strong crew grappled with engine failure and flooding during the trip. Summertime supply deliveries allow the station to stay open. 4005; 113th Congress), a bill that would amend laws that govern the activities of the United States Coast Guard (USCG), the Maritime Administration (MARAD) within the Department of Transportation, and the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). Times Internet Limited. Polar Sea'sthree shafts are each tur… USCGC Polar Sea (WAGB-11) is a United States Coast Guard heavy icebreaker.Commissioned on 23 February 1977, the ship was built by Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company of Seattle along with her sister ship, Polar Star.Her home port is Seattle, Washington.. Polar Sea has been out of service since 2010 due to failure of five of her six Alco main diesel engines. Her home port is Seattle, Washington. $5,515,503 for its maintenance of Polar Sea.[14]. this design does not use sharp edges or hammer-like blows to cut or break the ice, as the round bow and massive weight are sufficient. 13-15 feet thick. It is built on the southernmost patch of solid ground that is still accessible by ship. United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. The Coast Guard’s ability to run Arctic and Antarctic missions has been hampered since June 2010, when USCGC Polar Sea (WAGB-11), one of the service’s two heavy icebreakers, suffered a catastrophic engine failure. [10] As of February 25, 2015[update] the laid up ship was still in limbo alongside a pier at the Coast Guard Station on Elliott Bay, Seattle. The crew consists of personnel trained in navigation, engineering, welding, machinery repair, electronics, boat handling, firefighting, damage control, diving, medicine, and nearly every other kind of special skill that could possibly be needed. Publication of the plans enraged the Canadian public opinion as it was regarded as a breach and disregard of sovereignty and prompted the government to take preventive measures in defending Canada's arctic territories. McMurdo Station, opened in 1955, is one of three stations operated year-round by the National Science Foundation and acts as a staging area for teams headed to the South Pole and other research stations deeper in Antarctic. Her home port is Seattle, Washington. 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