A Seattle-based U.S. Coast Guard ship is on its way home after a busting a path through thick ice to Antarctica’s McMurdo Station.
Video of the Polar Star’s work was recently posted online and shows the 399-foot, 14,000-ton ship breaking a path through ice that was 10-feet thick in places, according to a KING-TV report. The path is needed so research ships to access McMurdo.
The mission, which started in November, has overcome several incidents. The shaft seal failed flooding the engine room with 20 gallons of water per minute, KING-TV reports. The crew also resolved the failure of three turbines.
The Polar Star is the Coast Guard’s only heavy icebreaker. The crew is expected to return to Seattle in March.