tv Documentary RT January 2, 2014 9:29am-10:01am EST
there are twenty three passengers aboard the i could demick for the raf and for some this is their first trip to the antarctic zone but for one passenger it's become a familiar journey this is the twenty sixth time he's followed this route. back in one thousand nine hundred sixty four after our trip we went. who was the first time i felt so acutely just how far away. ten days and nights of ocean like. this is the rate. as you can see there is nothing there. any of the ships just icebergs. you have to look out for. no one to relay messages except. rescue centers are miles away now.
it's now much antarctic autumn winter in the southern hemisphere begins at the same time as the northern summer several times over the short summer season the academic field will approach the coast of the most remote. this is her final voyage of the year they must deliver almost a year's worth of food and fuel to the ice stations and take away seasonal crews and aircraft. which. is a tanker or. a passenger ship. and an aircraft carrier. detailed navigational and operational plans are in place but also has arrived and no one can ever know just what to expect from antarctica. always comes up with surprises you have to keep your eyes open because there's always something going wrong if it actually goes well for. too long i start to worry
there's no way antarctica will let you go on like that without incident it's unpredictable. bags containing polar clothing are stored in the freezer when the ship left for months ago the weather was rainy and damp most of the time if the banks were to get . they may rot in a warm hold to keep them in optimum condition the clothes are kept on ice until they need to get out of there your phrase the standard winter outfit consists of shoes. of cheetah. this one is for winter. the other one is a mid season coat. and this one's for special occasions the coats are much better this time for a look they also have a vest. way to turn around but did they listen to what we said no they didn't
one of the straps to be crossed otherwise they slip off your back. right the same comments every single year but it's not so often that they put things right. most of the passengers driving mechanics usually go through about four sets of clothing in a year. is to deliver fuel to the most remote and hard to reach stations. of course it's ok for work. of course. it's almost twice the size of your. station is the world's most challenging trip one thousand five hundred kilometers
from the coast in summer temperatures can reach forty. but the record is a staggering minus. this route will take about forty. the trucks can only move very slowly they carry fuel tanks to the highest arctic station which is three and a half thousand meters above sea level but also engine levels there equate to an altitude of five thousand meters anywhere else. mainframe. all those. factors huge gropes that can seem strong can break and snap in freezing temperatures the most difficult part is the route itself seems endless ages just to cover about sixty kilometers.
and that's actually. you can do anything you can make the time go faster speed up the process you just pray for the best and hope the truck will fail you he wanted to be over soon as possible you just want to be back home and. so you get back home and in time he stopped feeling a strong desire to. the work is difficult but the guys are great and you feel good once everything is done. i feel it even now i want to go as soon as i can. wear the same at first. all that will come soon enough for clothes on and talk to. the ocean appears very come on the bridge of a captain the navigation officer and two helmsmen crew changes on the way.
the crew watches reinforced you have to be twice as vigilant the closer you get to antarctica. for. the region is still under explored and. very long distances. these pictures are from nine hundred eighty seven they chronicle the academic field of the first diesel electric ice ship. first trip was good a really good one. remember we were in the captain's. having. yes i remember that clearly but we were having the table was. huge bang and the car fell off the table. everywhere.
it was a rock that wasn't shown on the chart. everything was fine in the end when the rocks position was mapped. it is. the one hundred eighty seven obstacle course. the ship literally went through a trial of fire and ice. it was about four pm during a tea break we had cabbage pies that day i still remember that and then it all happened. this missile. fire broke out in the engine room one of the pipes burst and fuel oil spill down onto the white hot manifold there was a huge fire even though i feel uncomfortable when i hear
a fire alarm to change the settings on all our clocks back at home because i can't stand the noise of. the ship went through thick and thin it's the best ship in the whole antarctic gets the job done it's never failed she's really an incredible ship. it's even written somewhere academic sure that if was the only ship in the world able to reach the north pole alone unaided by an ice breaker who would go to the polls quite often now but we still have a lot of respect for the arctic region it's a really harsh environment and there are nuclear icebreakers there antarctica is even worse besides we can't use nuclear icebreakers antarctica is much worse than the arctic region more severe this is my twenty six trip to antarctica and i've
already been to the arctic twenty five times antarctica is much more interesting this trip is more fascinating and extensive it takes at least six months to get there the arctic region is like a relaxing walk. only takes about a month. in one thousand nine hundred five once headed for and talked to some of his plan was to be home after six months but in the end he was away for eleven. to ship and set sail later than planned it was when the crew reached antarctica is cut through the ice close to the shoreline but they soon discovered that they were too close to crews reaction was well coordinated and fast . as always happens in the weather changed abruptly the ice around the ship stuck together and the vessel became trapped. imagine a sugar bowl. there's been emptied into
a hollow there's tons of ice all over the place and the ships are just not able to move we fought against it for many days trying to move out of there then the wind came up and the ice blocks started to shift to slightly so we were able to work our way through the coastal ice belt a little it almost cracked the whole we tried to head for the open sea but it was already impassable by that time for months it will the. event was when the crew realized they'd be spending winter aboard the ship there's no way to help a vessel that stuck in an ice trap and so the sum of had to stay just where it was until spring their ship was weak in fact three times weaker than the academic field of this one that might just escape the ice but i'm not really sure. about a form to feel that rove has never been trapped in ice not even once it's very powerful
but of course it's to stop the yolks going off you have to turn them every two weeks. they may get a little dry at the stations because of the low humidity but they will never go bad . like you porker. britain's cladding community fears its good name has been tarnished after incidents of people in clown costume scaring members of the public the copy cat craze believed to have been started by a man known on facebook as the northampton clown involves people dressing as the circus characters to surprise passers by in public places i know what you're thinking you're thinking that sounds a whole lot like the terrifying clowns of westminster george osborne with his big red nose and floppy feet scaring citizens into taking on ever more debt for fear of
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right on the street. first street to use. there's plenty of water food fuel and even helicopters as well as people with experience in extreme survival crews favorite joke is that if the apocalypse should come. off the best place to be. drinking water is drawn from the dock and there are two fresh water plants on board heat from the main engine is used to distill seawater to remove the salt. to their destination today the
crew will conduct a radio test so all the stations remain quiet there are no guarantees yet that they're within range they are that alling all antarctica stations are going to make a field that of radio check please respond. please respond you. know a lot of reading you level for. now is the time to discuss the details plans for unloading all the fuel and food and to evacuate the departing crews from the stations the action plan was devised some time ago but nothing can be taken for granted in antarctica. we couldn't get to the barrier. there was no way to.
to come through. we can't cut through. now and last year we couldn't get through when it was just. more than three meters deep then about a meter of snow on top of that they had no choice. from the russian. there was a. huge chunk. of the ocean. four out of ten fuel tanks were left. to conserve fuel for the whole. after that there wasn't although a few containers of spare parts and some snowmobiles were also lost. everyone is anxious about what further surprises no hold for now though the other
of closer to the progress station. sometimes surprises too once we have there we were unloading fuel when they started cracking so we had to. we even had to cut it a little it was an emergency and we had to get off quickly it was impossible to turn back because of an iceberg that was closed by lots of things happening. we had to wait half an hour at the progress station. was massive but suddenly started cracking there was a huge iceberg behind us over and stopped flipped the other way. on the progress of the critical factor. to pull back and wait for. it turned out that the
progress station frontal activity was at its peak for ten days and there was intense and heavy snowfall visibility was practically nothing and the flight was zero so we had to wait ten days until it finally stopped. by. talk to. only be reached during a very short window of time. the only reliable means of getting here is by. c. .
receives its full closure of food and fuel supplies. some unexpected events. in the area is downloaded using a special antenna this vital information is used not just to plot the ship's course but to select the right block of ice on which to land the craft. still remember the fourteen lifting off from a cracking ice book imagine it lifts off the ice cracks right after it it was terrifying. taking its first flight. and assembled beside the ship from where it will take off the scientists to use the plane. taking off from the station as usual. close to the ship the host of containers he's moved down to the ice where the plane
is disassembled. that's when the waves came. it started swinging all the way out. i was doing something down in my cabin. sudden i heard a huge noise out there i went to check it out it was the shore. screaming . but it was impossible. and the fuel tanks were empty water was very close within just two metres so we had that aircraft up fast and get it onto the hatch cover thank god we did it gone the other way it would have caused a lot of trouble now we'll see what the. station has. caused all the trouble at the station may just help us here.
to quickly. from here. to the. nothing can be left until tomorrow because at any moment conditions might change suddenly and without warning. in the northern hemisphere this kind of wind would be called a hurricane but here it's just a regular storm extreme weather like this is common place in antarctica. as soon as
their work was done a huge storm rolled in with winds of up to thirty two meters per second the ship has no choice but to wait until it ends it may take a few days though. no longer matters the main tasks have been completed. will be here things went smoothly surprisingly it was over very fast i didn't expect that. old. heads north again to africa after one hundred ninety four days for more than half a year the crew has been out on the open ocean. back at the cape town seaport there's still another twenty eight days or so. but after antarctica even here feels
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