Greenland – supply ship caught in the ice | Polarjournal
The Greenlandic supply ship “Malik Arctica” was delivered to the shipping company Royal Arctic Line in 2017. The Danish-flagged ship was built at Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo: Royal Arctic Line)

While there is no ice in the Euro-Asian part of the Arctic Ocean up to the 85th latitude, a Greenlandic supply ship struggled with ice. The “Malik Arctica” was stuck in the ice for two days in front of the Eastern Greenlandic community of Ittoqqortoormiit. According to the Royal Arctic Line, work is underway to bring winter supplies ashore in the coming days.

On the east side of Greenland, the ice stretches along the coast to the entrance of Scoresby Sund at Ittoqqortoormiit. (black dot in the yellow box). While there is no ice in the Russian part of the Arctic up to the 85th latitude, at the 70th latitude for the “Malik Arctica” there was no way through for two days. (Map: Heiner Kubny / Norwegian Meteorogical Institute)

The ship of the Royal Arctic Line, the “Malik Arctica”, has been stuck in the ice off the eastern Greenlandic community of Ittoqqortoormiit since October 7. This was announced by the shipping company on Facebook. The shipping company Royal Arctic Line, the Danish Arctic Command and DMI Ice Service are working closely together to ensure that winter supplies are brought ashore within the next few days, the shipping company writes. According to the shipping company, efforts had been made to free the ship from the ice, but the conditions were a challenge. The situation is closely monitored by all parties to ensure bringing in winter supplies to the area, the shipping company writes.

Ittoqqortoormiit is the most remote place in Greenland by far. The population increased to 539 inhabitants by 2006, but has declined sharply since then. In recent years, the town has lost more than a third of its inhabitants. In 2020, there were only 345 inhabitants. (Foto: Heiner Kubny)

No danger to the crew

The ship is now free again and there was no imminent danger to the ship and crew. “We are working closely with Arctic Command to secure equipment for the area and increase safety in the event that this is necessary,” Royal Arctic Line writes. The company is now concentrating on bringing winter supplies for Ittoqqortoormiit ashore

Heiner Kubny, PolarJournal

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