Icebreaker Repairs

The US research/icebreaker, Nathaniel B Palmer, limped back to Lyttelton from Antarctica early December almost a month before schedule after developing engine trouble. It had been working m the Ross Sea, studying the relationship between UV levels and algae when it lost power in two of its four engines After spending four days at a standstill, the ship abandoned its scientific programme and returned to Lyttelton for repairs. It returned to Antarctica to resume its scientific programme in mid-December.

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