This is a cruise ship off Antarctica.
The wind and seas are getting a bit rough down there (and remember, this is the approach to summer). I think in the video there is a point where it sounds like someone is shooting a line over; but they don’t seem to connect. Then again, it could just be “stuff” banging about in the rough seas.
Say it’s lost an engine but is still limping along. From the article:
BUENOS AIRES (Dec. 8) — Officials say an Antarctic cruise ship with 160 passengers aboard has lost an engine in high seas, but is limping safely to its scheduled port.
The Argentine Navy says the Clelia II is heading for the port of Ushuia at the extreme south of the country at about 5 mph. It says all passengers are safe and it is being accompanied by an Argentine naval vessel.
The ship declared an emergency on Tuesday when it was northeast of the Shetland Islands and about 500 miles from Ushuaia. The ship set out from Ushuaia on Nov. 30 and was scheduled to return on Wednesday.
While in Bulgaria, their news emphasizes that there are Bulgarians on board, while doing the thing I’ve come to love about Slavic news sources, actually giving you some facts and context:
The Clelia II cruise ship, with Bulgarians on board, suffered technical damage when it was battered by bad weather in the Antarctic’s Drake Passage, the private television channel bTV reported on December 8 2010.
The ship was slammed repeatedly by massive waves, when finally a 30-foot wave knocked out one of the ship’s engines, disabled the ship’s communication system and shattered her windows. There were 88 tourists on board, plus 77 crew, some of whom were Bulgarian nationals. The exact number of Bulgarians on board is still not known.
A National Geographic ship came to its aid. Both are now making their way back to its port in Argentina, international media reports said.
The big takeaway for me is what I’ve bolded. It’s a severe weather event that did the deed.
Does Antarctic Weather Drive the Rest?
All of this leads me to wonder if Antarctic Wind dominates our climate cycles. Pure speculation, mind you. But the circumpolar wind drives the overturning current (that helps the Gulf Stream warm Europe and has the Humbolt Current drive El Nino / La Nina events).
Perhaps we all need to become better watchers of weather patterns in Antarctica…
In this comment on WUWT:
I posted links to a couple of interesting papers about the impact of the Southern Ocean and wind on the rest of the world. Far more interaction than I’d expected.
John Kehr says: The great Pacific Shift happened at the same time that the Atlantic also started it’s warm phase. I am at a loss as to why the Pacific and Atlantic seem to cycle together, but the changes in both seem to happen at the same time.
Whatever is causing both Oceans to cycle in this manner is what is causing the sawtooth in the global temperatures. That is the 1-2C variation each couple hundred years. We are near a peak of that activity and a drop-off will happen in the next 10-15 years, but the question is why?
Then we have:
Baa Humbug says:
Could be they cycle together due to the interconnected thermohaline circulation I mentioned in my post at 3:56am
Which talks about the Drake’s Passage effect and how it drives the circulation of the ocean currents. (The circulation is NOT just an artifact of salty cold sinking).
Then these two point out oscillations of many years span in the circumpolar current.
Put them together and you get periodic oscillations of the circumpolar current and winds that would cause oscillations of the overturning current that would drive La Nina / El Nino on a short term as well as possibly influencing the strength of the Gulf Stream and temperatures in Europe.
(No, I’ve no proof for this conjecture as I’ve just made the connection… but the pattern “fits” and is worth a “dig here”…)
The bottom line is that I’m realizing that the circumpolar currents, winds, and weather changes are very important to how this whole system operates. I’d generally just thought that ‘that little current around Antarctica’ was far away and kept to itself down there, so could be ignored. Given what that first paper says about the way it drives the overturning current, I’m realizing that it could be very important.
Oh, and I was pointed at the link about Drakes Passage Effect by someone else and they deserve a h/t but I’ve just woke up and haven’t had time yet to go back through my readings of last night and sort it out… To whomever you were: Thanks for picking it out in the first place.
I also note in passing that the Antarctic Ice Cap has been growing, not shrinking, for a few years. I’m not liking where this line of reasoning leads…