The Ice Breaker Has Arrived!

Trip Start Aug 16, 2007
Trip End Apr 07, 2008

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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The Swedish Ice Breaker,Oden, has arrived!

The Oden made it's initial pass on January 7 and will spend this next week re-cutting the path for the oil tanker and re-supply vessel which will arrive at the end of the month and the beginning of February respectively. Several of the Oden crew members were helicoptered into town to conduct some science research, while the rest of the crew will remain on the ship until it docks at Hut Point at the end of the week. (The pictures were taken from the helicopter - we are still anxiously awaiting for it to dock at Hut Point so we can take pictures of our own.)

For everyone on station this is a welcoming sign that the end of the summer season is coming near! Although, we must say that the season has gone by rather fast compared to what we were initially expecting. With the arrival of the Ice Breaker and the science research programs in the field beginning to wrap up we are starting to get busier in town again. Our population has risen from 875 to 1,050 in the past week and will continue to rise as the other vessels arrive and additional military support is brought in to assist in the off-load process.

The oil tanker will arrive in late January and will only be in town for about 3 days to re-supply all of the fuel on station; whereas the re-supply vessel will be here at the beginning of February for 7-11 days supplying us with food and cargo for the winter season and next summer season in addition to taking all of our waste. During this time the station will be working 24 hours a day on extended shifts to complete the off-load and re-load process efficiently. Although the meal service hours will change slightly to accommodate this busy schedule our current work schedule should not be affected too much.

With the end of the season only 6 weeks away we have started to receive our redeployment information! Our tentative day of deployment will be on February 19th, weather permitting! The weather will play a big part in when we actually get to leave, because as everyone knows it can change at the drop of a hat, and if one flight gets delayed or canceled they all get pushed back.  

We are still in the midst of planning all of our travels, but our tentative schedule is to stay in New Zealand for 1 month, then visit Hawaii for about 10 days before returning back to Florida at the beginning of April in time to attend PJ's, Aaron's cousin, wedding in Georgia. We will then spend the rest of the summer in Florida working, traveling and visiting all of you!

In New Zealand we will be renting a camper van in Christchurch and will be traveling both the South and North Island with 2 other DA's, Liz and Quinn, and finishing in Auckland to continue our travels separately. We will keep you posted as we get more of our planning done and receive more redeployment information!

Another exciting event that will be coming up next week is the On-ICE Job Fair! Throughout the past several months we have been volunteering on our days off in other departments to get a feel for what they do and if we might be interested in doing it next summer. We have a good idea of several positions that we feel will best suit us and will have the opportunity to meet with the managers at the job fair and get a head start on the hiring process!Yes, you heard correctly, we actually want to come back another season! There are so many great people and amazing things to see and do here that we feel we need a another opportunity, outside of the kitchen, to experience everything! If anyone wants to join us just let us know! :)
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