Shirase, Antarctic reseach ship, came alongside the Showa base
【昭和基地 - 南極観測隊同行記者】
Photos: Shirase are sprinkling water while moving ahead, then anchoring "on the ice", not on the bed of the sea.
(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.
(Asahi News Paper, January 10, 2010)http://www.asahi.com/antarctica/news/KYD201001110002.html
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