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Video: U.S Costguard icebreaker to help ships trapped in Antarctica

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star is responding to a January 3 request from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to assist the Russian-Flagged Akademik Shokalskiy and Chinese-Flagged Xue Long that are reportedly ice-bound in the Antarctic. The Polar Star is the U.S. Coast Guard’s only active heavy polar ice breaker. The ship is 399 feet in length, its maximum speed is 18 knots. The above is file footage of The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star visiting Honolulu on December 13, 2013. Credit: Youtube/Coast Guard News

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