US Coast Guard/Chief Petty Officer David Mosley. On 11 February 1981, Polar Sea made history when she became the first ship ever to reach Point Barrow, Alaska in the middle of winter. The Coast Guard cutter Polar Star breaks ice in McMurdo Sound near Antarctica, January 10, 2018. US Coast Guard/Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen. It has not been determined if a new class will be funded, commercial icebreaker leasing options will be explored, and/or if the ship should be scrapped.[11]. 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]. February 15, 2015 Total Views: 2 Polar Star underwent an overhaul in 2013 and has returned to service. $5,515,503 for its maintenance of Polar Sea.[14]. USCGC Polar Sea (WAGB-11) is a United States Coast Guard heavy icebreaker. There is a crew of 24 officers, 20 chief petty officers and 102 enlisted. The hull strength is produced almost entirely from a sophisticated internal support structure that features canted ribs for approximately the forward two-thirds of the ship's frame. Contrary to some myths,[according to whom?] 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. Polar Sea has been out of service since 2010, when it suffered a major engine failure. [12] United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. Times Syndication Service. They support scientific parties, do ice reconnaissance, cargo transfer, and search and rescue as required. 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. [7] She is also just one of only three ships[clarification needed] that has ever completely transited the Arctic Ocean and circumnavigated North America. [17] In February 2017, it was stated that Polar Sea would not be refurbished due to high cost; instead, the icebreaker would be used as a "parts donor" for Polar Star.[18]. USCGC POLAR SEA (WAGB 11) Coast Guard Cutter POLAR SEA (WAGB 11) is one of the world's most powerful, conventionally propelled icebreakers. Polar Sea has been sidelined since 2010, when an engine casualty left the ship immobilized. The Coast Guard also operates the medium polar icebreaker USCGC Healy, commissioned in 1999, which serves in the Arctic primarily on research … 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. 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). 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. 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. Summertime supply deliveries allow the station to stay open. Polar Sea's hull shape is designed to maximize icebreaking by efficiently combining the forces of the ship's forward motion, the downward pull of gravity on the bow, and the upward push of the inherent buoyancy of the stern. Homeported in Seattle, Washington, Polar Sea and Polar Star operate under the control of Pacific Area and coordinate their operations through the Ice Operations Section of the United States Coast Guard. The refit was expected to be completed by September 2008. En … Le USCGC Polar Sea est un brise-glace de l'United States Coast Guard des États-Unis. USCGC Polar Sea (WAGB-11) is a United States Coast Guard Heavy Icebreaker. Polar Sea has been out of service since 2010 due to failure of five of her six Alco main diesel engines. [5] The ship has four sizable lounges, a library (recently[when?] POLAR SEA is designed to perform science, icebreaking, and all Coast … This is the USCG Polar Sea Ice Breaker just after it turned the corner towards the ice dock. Her home port is Seattle, Washington. In April 2014, the United States House of Representatives considered the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014 (H.R. Would make the vessel good for another 25 years. Later, on January 16, the Coast Guard says the Polar Star’s shaft seal failed, causing flooding in the cutter’s engine room at a rate of approximately 20-gallons per minute. Polar Sea'sthree shafts are each tur… Homeported in Seattle since being commissioned in 1977, POLAR SEA has operated around the globe. During Antarctic deployments, the primary missions include breaking a channel through the sea ice to resupply the McMurdo Station in the Ross Sea. The extensive use of automation and low maintenance materials have greatly reduced staffing requirements. USCGC Polar Sea (WAGB-11) is a United States Coast Guard heavy icebreaker. 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. converted), a gymnasium (in an engineering space), and a small ship's store. Michael Davanzo, The harsh conditions in the polar regions take a toll on the 41-year-old Polar Star. An extreme exception to this occurred during a rapid transit to Pt. 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. 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. The Polar Star, which was commissioned in 1976, is the Coast Guard's only operational heavy icebreaker, and it can break ice up to 21 feet thick. The vessel Ocean Giant lines up with the US Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star for escort to McMurdo Station, January 25, 2017. In 1985, Polar Sea triggered a diplomatic event by navigating the Northwest Passage from Greenland to Alaska without authorization from the Canadian government. 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. 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. "[16], A condition assessment of Polar Sea in August 2016 indicated that only one out of six of the 1,200 system components were supportable for five years or more. Barrow, Alaska between January 29 and February 11, 1981. 13-15 feet thick. Her home port is Seattle, Washington. Polar Sea's three shafts are each turned by either a two diesel-electric or one gas turbine power plants. [13] In September, USCG Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft likened the Polar Sea to “an old car that's been laid up without an engine in it, an engine that's been stripped of its parts . [8] In 2011 the Coast Guard slated Polar Sea for demolition in 2012,[9] but the scrapping of the 35-year-old icebreaker was postponed by Congress for at least six months in June. 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. [5] Polar Sea has been out of service since 2010 due to engine failure. The proposed new icebreaker is projected to cost about… Copyright © 2021. U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Polar Sea has been out of service since 2010, when it suffered a major engine failure. 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. On May 21, 2009, Todd Shipyards announced it had been awarded an additional Duty on an icebreaker is long and strenuous, especially when it involves being away from homeport for up to eight months out of the year. Her home port is Seattle, Washington. Examination of her engines indicated excessive engine wear, with engine pistons welded to their sleeves. The cost of repairing Polar Sea would be astronomical to consider, Raj said. Polar Sea has been out of service since 2010 due to complete failure of five of her six … The ship is in good shape this year … 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. For years, having only one working heavy icebreaker hindered the Coast Guard’s ability to satisfy mission requests from government agencies effectively. Il a été mis hors service en 2010 à cause de l'usure excessive de ses moteurs diesel. Homeported in Seattle, Washington, US Coast Guard Cutter POLAR STAR (WAGB 10) is the United States' only heavy icebreaker. USCGC Polar Star and USCGC Polar Sea were commissioned in 1976 and 1977 respectively. The extensive use of automation and low maintenance materials have greatly reduced staffing requirements. . It was slated for demolition in 2012, but the scrapping of the 35-year … Son port d'attache est Seattle et sa zone d'activité est le Pacifique et l'Antarctique. Its average temperature in January, which is a summer month, is 26 degrees Fahrenheit. The Coast Guard plans to decommission the ship by September 2011. Decommissioned ice breaker passing Astoria, Oregon. Curt Dawson, a deck engineer for Foss was on the assist tug and offer this description of the trip. Polar Sea carried two HH-65 Dolphin helicopters during major deployments. 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, … Times Internet Limited. Polar Sea 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 operation of the ship. Disabled fishing vessel Antarctic Chieftain is towed astern of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star through sea ice near Antarctica, Feb. 14, 2015. Details for the ship Uscgc Polar Sea , Other Ship with current real time AIS position and ship photos by vesseltracker.com. 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). Icebreaker POLAR SEA sidelined by engine troubles. Polar Sea has a variety of missions while operating in polar regions. The curved bow and heavy weight allows Polar Sea to force ice edges to break off downward as cusps. The crew of the Polar Star overcame flooding and engine failure to accomplish their mission supporting Operation Deep Freeze. Her home port is Seattle, Washington. All rights reserved.For reprint rights. USCGC Polar Sea (WAGB-11) is a United States Coast Guard Heavy Icebreaker.Commissioned in 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 complete failure of five of her six Alco main diesel engines. Polar Star'sthree shafts are … Vice Commandant Adm. Charles Michel says the only choices for continuing the icebreaker missions are either restoring Polar Star while in service or reactivating Polar Sea, at a to be determined cost; this estimate is due in early 2017, so at that time lawmakers will likely decide the ship's fate. Commissioned in 1976, she was built by Lockheed Shipbuilding along with her now decommissioned sister ship, POLAR SEA (WAGB 11). 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. In addition to these duties, Polar Sea also serves as a scientific research platform with five laboratories, additional space for seven portable laboratories on deck and accommodations for up to 35 scientists. 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 is breaking ice that is apx. 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). After all, the Navy and the Coast Guard have been saying the country needs three heavy and three medium icebreakers. USCGC POLAR STAR (WAGB 10) Seattle, WA. Resupply ships use the channel to bring food, fuel, and other goods to make it through another winter. A root cause analysis apparently traced the problem to improper installation of piston rings and/or installation of incorrect (chromed vs. plain) rings. [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. Polar Sea has been out of service since 2010 due to failure of five of her six Alco main diesel engines. 3 knots (5.6 km/h; 3.5 mph) in 6-foot (1.8 m) ice, 16,000 nautical miles (30,000 km; 18,000 mi) at 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph), 28,275 nautical miles (52,365 km; 32,538 mi) at 13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph), This page was last edited on 23 January 2021, at 17:16. McMurdo Station, opened in December 1955, is the largest Antarctic station, located on the solid ground farthest south that is accessible by ship. It is built on the southernmost patch of solid ground that is still accessible by ship. 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. On March 25, 2008 the Navy Times described options for the refit or replacement of the older Polar-class vessels. The Aviation Detachment comes from the Polar Operations Division at Coast Guard Aviation Training Center, Mobile, Alabama. 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. . 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 … 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 sufficient hull strength to absorb the high-powered ice ramming common to her operations. 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. CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (, Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company, Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014 (H.R. US Coast Guard/Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen. Requires the Commandant to submit to Congress: (1) a strategy to meet the Coast Guard's Arctic ice operations needs through September 30, 2050; and (2) unless the Secretary determines that it is cost-effective to reactivate Polar Sea, a bridging strategy for maintaining the Coast Guard's polar icebreaking services until at least September 30, 2024 (currently, a bridging strategy for maintaining operations until at least September 30, 2022, is required only if the Secretary determines that it is not cost-effective to reactivate Polar Sea). Operations in the remote, hazardous and unforgiving polar regions make it necessary for the crew of Polar Sea to be highly self-sufficient. The report was submitted in November 2013 and indicated that it is feasible to retrofit and reactivate Polar Sea. 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. 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. USCGC Polar Sea (WAGB-11) is a United States Coast Guard heavy icebreaker. 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. The four options laid out were: On June 16, 2008 the US Coast Guard announced that Polar Sea would undergo a $6.3 million refit in the Todd Shipyards in Seattle. 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. A second icebreaker, USCGC Polar Sea (WAGB 11) has not been operational since a 2010 engine failure and instead has for nearly a decade served as a parts donor to keep Polar Star running, USNI News reported in 2017. Three aviation-grade gas turbine engines provide USCGC POLAR STAR with up to 75,000 horsepower, … Each shaft is connected to a 16-foot (4.9-m) diameter, four-bladed, controllable-pitch propeller. [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. Uscgc Polar Sea - Other Ship, MMSI 367878000, Callsign NRU0, Flag United States of America - vesseltracker.com 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 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. 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. The Polar Star has not been exempt from its own problems. 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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. 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). Would make the vessel good for another seven to ten years. "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. 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. WAGB-11 USCGC Polar Sea, Polar class Icebreakers, US Coast Guard history and characteristics The extensive use of automation and low maintenance materials have greatly reduced staffing requirements. In nautical history, Polar Sea holds several notable records. 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The first one is expected by 2023. On February 15, 2011, the Coast Guard via ALCOAST 059/11 announced that Polar Sea would be decommissioned by September 2011; however no final decision on her fate has been made as of December 2016. Polar Star underwent an overhaul in 2013 and has returned to service. It also has its own U.S. Post Office, satellite pay telephones, amateur radio equipment, photo lab, and movie library. The U.S. never recognized Canada's claim over the Northwest passage but nevertheless, the two countries reached an agreement two years later which stipulated that in the future, the U.S. would ask permission before navigating the disputed waters. POLAR SEA was built by Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company in Seattle. [2] A congressional authorization required the Coast Guard to make a report to Congress on the feasibility of retrofitting Polar Sea. 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. [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. (It has one medium icebreaker, the Healy, which mainly does scientific work.) 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 shell plating and associated internal support structure are fabricated from steel with superior low-temperature strength. 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