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Antarctic blast strands icebreaker

Hobart-based icebreaker Aurora Australis was driven on to rocks near Mawson Station while on a mission in February to resupply the Antarctic outpost. The Australian Antarctic Division said the ship had broken free of its mooring lines during a fierce blizzard on 24 February. The 67 expeditioners and crew escaped injury, but the ship’s hull was damaged on the rocky shore. The ship was refloated two days after the incident and most of the personnel are likely to be evacuated by a Japanese ice-breaker. On charter from P&O Maritime Services, Aurora Australis made its first Antarctic voyage in 1989 and is due to be replaced by a new $500 million icebreaker in 2019.

1 March 2016, Tasmania’s Stories Edition 169

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