News at the University of New Brunswick

Arctic rescue

Author: Communications

Posted on Sep 3, 2010

Category: In the Media , UNB Fredericton

A team of University of New Brunswick researchers played a vital role in the recent rescue of a cruise ship stranded in the Arctic Ocean. 

The researchers, part of UNB’s Ocean Mapping Group, helped map a safe course for the CCGS Amundsen, a Canadian research icebreaker that can also serve as a rescue vessel. 

The Amundsen was the closest vessel to the MV Clipper Adventurer, which ran aground last Friday on a voyage from Port Epworth to Kugluktuk, Nunavut. 

The research ship had to steam more than 500 kilometres from the Beaufort Sea to reach the MV Clipper Adventurer in the Coronation Gulf.   

“The cruise ship effectively ran into an underwater cliff, ” says UNB professor John Hughes Clarke, head of the university’s Ocean Mapping Group.

“Had they been just a few ship lengths to the east or west they would have missed it.”

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