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2010年1月12日 (火)

Shirase, Antarctic reseach ship, came alongside the Showa base

Ttl_asahi_250_2 【昭和基地 - 南極観測隊同行記者】
南極観測船「しらせ」が10日午後11時30分(日本時間11日午前5時30分)、昭和基地に接岸した。例年の約2倍の厚さの氷と積雪に進路を阻まれ、当初の予定より6日遅れでの到着。第51次南極観測隊の輸送、観測計画に影響が出るのは必至だ。

昨年5月に完成したばかりのしらせにとって、初めての同基地接岸。船首に散水装置を備えるなど、世界トップクラスの砕氷能力を持つ同船だが、基地沖20キロの辺りから厚さ2~3メートルの氷と1~2メートルの積雪に苦戦した。

接岸後、ただちに海上自衛隊員たちが船から下り、氷にアンカーを打ち込む作業を始めた。

Photos: Shirase are sprinkling water while moving ahead, then anchoring "on the ice", not on the bed of the sea.

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(transl. into English by editor)

[Syowa Base - by reporter accompanied Antarctic research ship]
"Shirase", Japanese Antarctic reseach ship, came alongside the Showa base on 10 Jan, Sun 11:30 pm  (Japan time on 11 Jan, Mon 5:30 am). She was hampered by twice annual thickness of ice and snow and arrived six days late than originally planned date. The late must have an effect on the transport and observation plan of the 51st Antarctic expedition party.

It was the first docking for Shirase, which was just completed on May 2009. Shirase is equipped with Sprinkler system at the bow and world-class Icebreaker, but has struggled against thickness of 2-3 meters of ice and 1-2 meters of snow from the area of 20 km off the base.

Immediately after docking, crew members of the Maritime Self-Defense Force got off the ship and began to anchor "on the ice", not on the bed of the sea.

Shirase, 12,650-ton icebreaker ship, 138 meters long and 28 meters wide, is the nation's fourth Antarctic research vessel. The first vessel, Soya, went to Antarctica in 1956.

Shirase left Tokyo's Harumi pier on Nov 11, 2009 to pick up Japan's expedition team of about 60 researchers on its maiden voyage to Antarctica. It is being crewed by about 180 members of the Maritime Self-Defense Force.
It is due to return to Japan on April 9, 2010.

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(Asahi News Paper, January 10, 2010)Logohttp://www.asahi.com/antarctica/news/KYD201001110002.html

関連記事:2009-11-16"The Shirase appeased the spirit of dead soldiers killed in the Second World War off Leyte, Philippine" http://ventoorientale.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/2009/11/a.html

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