You'd need a heart of stone not to enjoy a laugh at the plight of Chris Turney, visiting professor of bovine flatus at the University of Luton Parkside. Turvey had hired a survey ship at vast expense to go and look at the way in which climate change had shrunk the Antarctic ice fields. Unfortunately, the ice fields have grown rather spectacularly rather than melted - trapping Turvey on his hired vessel in the ice that he says shouldn't be there.
The Chinese, with new global interests and investments ranging from vast copper mines in Africa to car plants in Europe, have developed a marine support infrastructure to match, both military and civil. Looking at a 1978 IMO directory of tugs, salvage vessels, oil spill tenders and SAR co-ordination resources available to mariners across the globe, China figures nowhere. Now of course she's caught-up and has such vessels placed strategically across the oceans. What irony then that Turvey should have arranged his abandonment of the frozen Shokalskiy by using a new Chinese icebreaker.
Oil-burning ships are of course the new target of the MMG warmists; they would eschew global maritime trade in favour of hand-knitted yoghurt cardigans from Wiltshire and diseased vegetables. Astonishing, then, that Turvey should have chosen a motor ship for his high-carbon jaunt in the first place - or is wind and solar power really only suitable for gullible fools on land?