Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


October 10, 2019

The great view from this video came from polar bear watch, an important job on the ship. Expedition members rotated duties on the bridge to scan the horizon for intruders anytime people were present on the ice. These two-hour shifts were to increase the number of eyes on the lookout, to keep workers on the ice safe.

There are different ways to get people on and off the ship. Usually, the gangway is pulled out so that expedition members can walk directly down to the ice. This day, a lead (a separation between ice floes) opened up between the ship and the ice floe, and the gangway could no longer be safely used. Instead, the crane lifted people on and off the ice in the bird cage. 

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