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Global Warming Smackdown: Tankers Trapped In Midsummer Arctic Sea Ice

July 2, 2018

By Paul Homewood


From GWPF:



GLOBAL WARMING SMACKDOWN - Arctic Midsummer Freeze

Shipping in the Gulf of Ob is paralysed and the situation complicated, icebreaker company Rosatomflot says. | The Independent Barents Observer


Via The Barents Observer :

It is late June, but the winter has not abandoned the Gulf of Ob. The shallow bay, which houses two of Russia’s biggest Arctic out-shipment terminals for oil and gas, remains packed with fast ice.

It has created a  complicated situation, Rosatomflot says. The state company which manages the Russian nuclear-powered icebreakers, confirms that  independent shipping in the area is «paralysed» and that LNG carriers and tankers are stuck.

The shipping companies had expected the Gulf of Ob to be free of ice in the course of June and that icebreaker assistance would not be necessary. They were wrong.

According to Rosatomflot, there appears to be a need for icebreaker services in the area at least until after the first week of July. There are currently two nuclear-powered icebreakers in the Gulf of Ob, the «Taymyr» and the «Vaygach». In addition, there are several smaller tugs and icebreakers working in the waters around the Sabetta port.

According to the icebreaker company, this is the first summer in four years that the Gulf of Ob is packed with this much ice.

«The global warming, which there has been so much talk about for such a long time, seems to have receded a little and we are returning to the standards of the 1980s and 1990s,» says company representative Andrey Smirnov.

Read on…

AND how we have been repeatedly promised the “end of summer Arctic ice” by the Climate Crisis Industry and sycophant mainstream media!

HOW sure they were that your lifestyle and “carbon pollution” was melting away the Arctic and drowning cuddly Polar Bears!

2007 : BBC claimed Arctic summers would be ice free ‘by 2013′…

  1. Ian Magness permalink
    July 2, 2018 9:49 am


  2. HotScot permalink
    July 2, 2018 10:21 am

    But wait for the excuses.

    • Hivemind permalink
      July 2, 2018 12:24 pm

      There won’t be any excuses. Nobody on the side of the warmists will say anything about this at all, so nobody in the general public will find out about it.

      • HotScot permalink
        July 2, 2018 6:32 pm


        True, but just wait for the punch up on WUWT.

        Can’t wait.

  3. July 2, 2018 10:25 am

    Reblogged this on Wolsten and commented:
    The sad thing is it doesn’t matter how much the data goes against the predictions, even very reasonable people seem impervious to being swayed from their belief in climatism.

    I can think of a few with whom it would be nice to image that in years to come I’ll have that conversation where they start “You know what, you were right all along…” and I’ll respond politely “That’s all right – how could you have possibly known…”

    Many people, particularly on the left in my experience, genuinely care about the environment but have got into a state where they think just because they care (and presumably skeptics don’t) any action is justified, despite the obvious direct costs, waste of resources, opportunity costs and many obvious practical downsides.

    • Colin Brooks permalink
      July 2, 2018 11:48 am

      I agree wolsten, we really do seem to be in some kind of ‘post truth’ dystopia.

    • Russ Wood permalink
      July 2, 2018 1:25 pm

      I’ve been re-reading a stack of 5-year old Science Fiction magazines, and I’m continually surprised that SF writers (who should be expected to look at the SCIENCE) were (and are still) taken in by the MSM’s CAGW yelling. To the extent that, in 2014, some were writing about the ‘heat death’ of the world! For me, all it took was Crighton’s “State of Fear”, plus following up his references, to become a skeptic!

      • Colin Brooks permalink
        July 2, 2018 2:43 pm

        Agreed Mr Wood 🙂
        A very popular SF book right now is ‘Ready Player One’, I really like the book but features an armour plated bus – powered by solar panels. It would not have moved an inch hehe.

      • July 2, 2018 5:39 pm

        I discovered State of Fear late on in my journey “into the light”. An excellent read which was surprisingly hard to get hold of.

  4. July 2, 2018 10:26 am

    GWPF left off the link to view “full post”. You can read all here:

  5. Mack permalink
    July 2, 2018 10:55 am

    Don’t believe your lying eyes. Just because there are still millions of cubic kilometres of ice up there, technically, in green La La Land, that means it’s ice free in the Arctic. There will be a ‘Wadham’ along anytime soon to explain why. Er, or perhaps not. Anyway, it’s really, really bad in Western Antarctica at the moment so they’d prefer you to look over there (just don’t mention the volcanos!)

    • Sheri permalink
      July 2, 2018 12:07 pm

      Isn’t interesting that it’s always LOCAL if you talk about temperatures where you are, so it’s not GLOBAL. Yet, a melty spot in Western Antarctica is GLOBAL and so is the lack of ice in the Arctic on the graph warmists shove in your face concerning ice volume, yet a ship stuck in ice where there should be none is LOCAL. I finally understand: LOCAL is when it harms the mantra, GLOBAL is when it helps. So it’s not really a geographic destination, but rather a way to identify right and wrong thinking patterns.

  6. July 2, 2018 11:33 am

    Reality can be very inconvenient for some.

    • Sheri permalink
      July 2, 2018 12:08 pm

      Yes, it certainly can. But worry not, they’ll find a way to ignore it and go on about their fantasy beliefs.

  7. July 2, 2018 12:11 pm

    Have you seen the error-ridden article by Anne Casselman in The Walrus of July/August 2018?

    • John F. Hultquist permalink
      July 3, 2018 3:41 am


    • Sheri permalink
      July 3, 2018 10:34 am

      I have to give you credit that you can even read that horribly flawed publication. Suzuki has the usual disparing article. It’s just one big propaganda sheet.

      Are there any non-error-ridden articles?

  8. Joe Public permalink
    July 2, 2018 12:19 pm

    Wadhams’ 3rd attempt, August 2016, at Arctic ice’s demise prognostication:

    ‘Next year or the year after, the Arctic will be free of ice’

    • July 2, 2018 4:20 pm

      Wadhams never learns, but is a professor. How does that work?

      • Joe Public permalink
        July 2, 2018 5:28 pm

        His ‘bosses’ don’t have the cojones to point out his multitude of failed predictions.

      • bobn permalink
        July 2, 2018 5:44 pm

        Of sociology probably. The Obama USA chief rep to the IPCC was a Dr. Turns out a Doctorate in public administration (and thats something they have horribly wrong as well).

  9. It doesn't add up... permalink
    July 2, 2018 12:39 pm

    Meanwhile we have:

    Christophe de Margerie docked in Rotterdam
    Boris Vilkitsky just left Montoire
    Fedor Litke approaching Sabetta (ex Rotterdam)
    Eduard Toll scheduled next for “China”
    Vladimir Rusanov scheduled for Jiangsu

    Be sure if either of those last two make it, you will hear about it. A few views of the obstacles:

    Those ice breaker tankers have managed to operate to European disports through the worst part of winter: the Christophe de Margerie’s maiden commercial voyage was to Grain just ahead of the New Year.

  10. Athelstan permalink
    July 2, 2018 4:51 pm

    All that ‘trapped’ summer Arctic heat has obviously tracked south.

    Express warning for summer ‘2018’ – it’s gonna be the “hottest evah”!

    Cued in massive swelters of alarmunist hyperventilation.

  11. mwhite permalink
    July 2, 2018 6:09 pm

    If this marks the beginning of the cool phase of the AMO the Russians may have a problem

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