After recently announcing that their icebreaker, the Kapitan Khlebnikov, would be retired in 2012, Quark Expeditions had to make another announcement concerning it’s signature icebreak.
The icebreaker is currently exploring the Wendell Sea of Antarctica. During it’s visit to an emperor penguin colony near Snow Hill Island, the sea-ice began to compress around the ship, making it difficult for the vessel to maneuver effectively. The vessel’s command is waiting for weather conditions to improve before beginning the transit north. There is no immediate danger and all on board are safe and well.
The ship is expected to be delayed only a short time.