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Bryan Ahkiviana
post Sep 13 2005, 09:47 PM
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how did it feel to be on a ship breaking the ice?
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post Sep 15 2005, 05:03 PM
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The ship looks like a normal one from the outside. That it is an icebreaker is not visible at first sight. An icebreaker needs reinforced and double hulls (walls) and a lot of engine power and inertia (mass) to break through the ice. The Healy can break 4.5 ft of ice at 3knots continuous or 8ft (2.44m) backing and ramming. I just came back from a tour through the ship. We were breaking ice and I was all the way down in the ship close to the hulls. It was incredibly noisy and I thought of TITANIC a lot. However, the Captain assured me that sea ice will not break the hulls.

The Healy is a good, new and strong ship with an experienced Captain, Dan Oliver, and an excellent coast guard crew. I feel very safe here.
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