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December 11, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Bill passes that could bring overhaul of ice breaker Polar Sea

Congress on Wednesday passed legislation funding the Coast Guard for another year and included a provision authorizing the refurbishment of the Seattle-based Polar Sea icebreaker if it is a  cost-efficient option. Without the Polar Sea, the United States has only two operational icebreakers. Refurbishing the vessel could take five years and involve some 300 workers, according to Sen….

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December 1, 2014 at 6:08 AM

Heavy icebreaker Polar Star leaves Seattle for Antarctica

The Associated Press The nation’s last heavy icebreaker, the Polar Star, left Seattle Sunday on a four-month mission to Antarctica as part of the annual operation to resupply the McMurdo station. The Coast Guard says the mission will require the Polar Star to break through more than 12 miles of ice in McMurdo Sound, as much…

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March 21, 2014 at 6:14 AM

Icebreaker Polar Star returns to Seattle today from Antarctic

The Associated Press SEATTLE — The Coast Guard says the icebreaker Polar Star is returning to Seattle Friday after a 108-day deployment to help resupply McMurdo Station, Antarctica. The vessel broke a 12-mile lane of ice up to 10-feet thick, clearing the way for a tanker and cargo ship. In January, the Polar Star also was dispatched to…

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January 4, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Seattle-based icebreaker heads to the rescue in Antarctic

The Seattle-based Polar Star, the  Coast Guard’s only active heavy polar icebreaker, is on its way to the Antarctic to assist a Russian ship and a Chinese icebreaker reportedly stuck in thick ice. The Chinese icebreaker Xue Long, which helped with the rescue of 52 passengers from the Russian ship Akademik Shokalskiy earlier in the week, is…

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