tv Documentary RT January 1, 2014 3:29pm-4:01pm EST
nothing there. no one to relay messages except. winter in the southern hemisphere begins at the same time as the north and several times over the short. the academic approach the coast of the most remote. years worth of food and fuel to the ice and take away seasonal crews and aircraft. tanker. and an aircraft carrier. details navigational and operational plans are in place. as arrived. just
what to expect from. always comes up with surprises you have to keep your eyes open because there's always something going wrong if it actually goes well for too long i start to worry there's no way antarctica will let you go on like that without incident it's unpredictable. bags containing polar clothing are stored in the freezer when the ship left some petersburg four months ago the weather was rainy and damp most of the time if the bags were to get wet while being loaded they may rot in a warm hold to keep them in optimum condition the clothes are kept ice until they need to get out of there you'll freeze the standard winter outfit consists of shoes . and a winch eater. this one is for winter. the other
one is a mid-season coat. and this one's for special occasions. so much better this time look they also have a vest. way turn around. no they didn't have the straps to be crossed otherwise they slip off your back. the same comments every single year but it's not so often that they put things right. most of the. most remote and hard to reach stations. of course it's ok for work. of course. it's almost twice the size of your.
station is the most challenging trip one thousand five hundred kilometers from the coast in summer temperatures can reach forty. but there. is a staggering minus. this route will take about forty. the trucks can only move very slowly they carry fuel tanks to the highest arctic station which is three and a half meters above sea level but oxygen levels there equate to an altitude of five thousand meters anywhere else. mainframe. all those. factors huge gropes
that can seem strong can break and snap in freezing temperatures the most difficult part is the route itself seems endless ages just to cover about sixty kilometers. and that's actually good going you can do anything you can make the time go faster speed up the process you just pray for the best and hope the truck will fail you he wanted to be over soon as possible you just want to be back home and. so you get back home and in time he stuff feeling a strong desire to. the work is difficult but the guys are great and you feel good once everything is done. i feel it even now i want to go as soon as i can. all that will come soon enough for now. on antarctica the ocean appears very come
on the bridge of a captain the navigation officer and two helmsmen the crew changes on the way. the crew watches reinforced you have to be twice as vigilant the closer you get to antarctica. for. the region is still under explored and. very long distances. these pictures are from nine hundred eighty seven they chronicle the maiden voyage of the academic field off the first diesel electric ice ship to sail to go. first trip was good a really good one. remember we were in the captain's. having.
yes i remember that clearly but we were having tea at the table was. huge bang and the car fell off the table. spilled everywhere. it was a rock that wasn't shown on the chart. everything was fine in the end and the rocks position was mapped. it is. the one hundred eighty seven obstacle course. the ship literally went through a trial of fire and ice. it was about four pm during a tea break we had cabbage pies that day i still remember that and then it all
happened. this missile. fire broke out in the engine room one of the pipes burst and fuel oil spill down on to the white hot money fold there was a huge fire even now i feel uncomfortable when i hear a fire alarm to change the settings on all our clocks back at home because i can't stand the noise. went through thick and thin it's the best ship in the whole antarctic always gets the job done it's never failed she's really an incredible ship. it's even written somewhere academic sure that if was the only ship in the world able to reach the north pole alone unaided by an ice breaker who would go to the polls quite often now but we still have a lot of respect for the arctic region it's a really harsh environment and there are nuclear icebreakers there antarctica is
even worse besides we can't use nuclear icebreakers antarctica is much worse than the arctic region more severe this is my twenty six trip to antarctica and i've already been to the arctic twenty five times antarctica is much more interesting this trip is more fascinating and extensive it takes at least six months to get there the arctic region is like a relaxing walk. only takes about a month. in one thousand nine hundred five. once headed for and talked to some of his plan was to be home after six months but in the end he was away for eleven. ship and set sail later than. it was when the crew reached antarctica it cut through the ice close to the shoreline but they soon discovered that they were too close to crews reaction was well coordinated and fast . as always happens in the weather changed abruptly
the ice around the ship stuck together and the vessel became trapped. imagine a sugar bowl. there's been emptied into a hollow there's tons of ice all over the place and the ships just not able to move we fought against it for many days trying to move out of there then the wind came up and the ice blocks started to shift to slightly so we were able to work our way through the coastal ice belt a little it almost cracked the whole we tried to head for the open sea but it was already impassable by that time before my son will the. event was when the crew realized they'd be spending winter aboard the ship there's no way to help a vessel that stuck in an ice trap and so some of had to stay just where it was until spring their ship was weak in fact three times weaker than the academic field
of this one that might just escape the ice but i'm not really sure. what a formidable the field of has never been trapped in ice not even once it's very powerful and when that circumstances get really difficult we can rely on it we believe its power will help and save us more. crew changeover in the engine room twenty two people are involved in here the crews . really. something we have lots of cabbage.
but of course it's. just going oh if you have to turn them every two weeks. they may get a little dry at the stations because of the low humidity but they will never go. on . as an american i'd like to know what's going to go on in afghanistan from here on i am tired of this cloudy picture of where my money is going you know where our efforts have gone for the last twelve years what our veterans have fought for died
for have been injured for i want to know what i think that the obama administration has sort of dropped the ball in two thousand and thirteen and it's about time for them to step up and make this another make our foreign policy in this area a priority go ok but do you can i guess what yours might be your wish international convention ending the use of drones is it close to your wish that sounds great peter and i would add on to that since we last year ended with a strike in yemen on a wedding party there and we also have obama apologizing to the innocent people that we've killed and saying that he will not allow drone strikes to be used again how are you what is your wish for two thousand and fourteen you're going to get i mean be imaginative ok let's you know this is you know we've just a few days into the year so no one can say we were wrong go ahead my wish is for significant change on our investments in fighting climate change really if we do
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then about a meter of snow on top of that they had no choice but. to the ice. it's a long way from the russian. huge chunk of. the home. to the ocean. four out of ten fuel tanks were left. to conserve fuel for the whole. after that well wasn't although a few containers with spare parts and some snowmobiles were also lost. everyone is anxious about what further surprises no hold for now though the. closer to the progress station. sometimes surprises too once we have there we were unloading fuel when they started cracking so we had to hoist aircraft and.
we even had to cut it a little it was an emergency and we had to get off quickly it was impossible to turn back because that was close by lots of things happening. we had to wait half an hour at the progress stations. was massive but it suddenly started cracking there was a huge iceberg behind us. flipped the other way. the critical factor. to pull back and wait for. it turned out that the progress station frontal activity was at its peak for ten days and there was intense and heavy snowfall visibility was practically nothing
a special antenna this vital information is used not just to plot the ship's course but to select the right block of ice on which to land croft. i still remember the fourteen lifting off from a cracking ice book imagine it lifts off the ice cracks right after it was terrifying. taking its first flight. and assembled beside the ship from where it will take off. to use the plane. from the station as usual. close to the ship the host of containers is moved down to the ice where the plane is disassembled. that's when the waves came. it started swinging all the way out. i was doing something
down in my cabin. sudden i heard a huge noise out there i went to check it out it was the sure. it was impossible. and the fuel tanks were empty water was very close within just two meters so we had that aircraft up fast and get it onto the hatch cover thank god we did it the other way it would have caused a lot of trouble now we'll see what the. station has. caused all the trouble at the station may just help us here.
from here. to the. new. nothing can be left until tomorrow because at any moment conditions might change suddenly and without warning. in the northern hemisphere this kind of wind would be called a hurricane but here it's just a regular storm extreme weather like this is commonplace in antarctica. as soon as their work was done a huge storm rolled in with winds of up to thirty two meters per second the ship
has no choice but to wait until it ends it may take a few days though but that no longer matters the main tasks have been completed. with this year things went smoothly surprisingly it was over very fast i didn't expect that. old. heads north again to africa after one hundred ninety four days. yet the crew has been out on the open ocean. back at the cape town seaport there's still another twenty eight days or so to petersburg but after antarctica even here feels almost like.
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a way which doesn't destroy people's lives resources environment and so on wound you know those are pretty serious questions mining is not a what a moment problem it's happening in asia in africa and south america in central america in mexico and it's even happening in canada and the united states. twenty fourteen olympics what's this place like. this is so special as the russian resort prepares to welcome the world power the games should be the city's present and future. so it will bring you this is the moment they're reporting from a very cold snowy windy mountainous. beyond the olympics but. today on our team. we're going to go.
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i. thank you for taking so enjoyed a spectacular welcome across the globe with crowds of revolution ringing in the new year time zone by time. president visits the city of volgograd mourning the victims of successive suicide bombings after a pledge to fight terror until the end in his new year address. twenty fourteen and the new currency but many doubt the adoption of the crisis to euro will turn out well. it's just over a month before those winter games started such a report from the city preparing to host the olympics and while it's guests.