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Photographer:Clyde Dickens [View profile]Title:JS SHIRASE AGB5003Added:Mar 20, 2017
Captured:March 20, 2017IMO:UnavailableHits:1,103
Location:Sydney, Australia
Photo Category: Icebreakers
Entering Sydney Harbour, passing South Head. 20 March 2017.
Annual visit after tour of duty in Antarctica.
Vessel at 33°49'51.99" S 151°16'23.39" E

Wikipedia data :

Shirase (しらせ) (Hull number: AGB-5003) is a Japanese icebreaker operated by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and Japan's fourth icebreaker for Antarctic expeditions. Her predecessor (AGB-5002) had the same name

Like its predecessor it makes one single long voyage each season from Japan via Fremantle to the Japanese Antarctic Bases of Syowa (established 1957), Mizuho (est. 1970) and Asuka (est. 1985). It then returns to Japan via Sydney after a trip of around 6 months.

Displacement: Approx. 20,000 tons
Length: 138 m (452 ft 9 in)
Beam: 28 m (91 ft 10 in)
Draft: 9.2 m (30 ft 2 in)
Propulsion: Diesel-electric
Four propulsion motors, 22,000 kW (combined)
Two shafts; fixed-pitch propellers
Speed: 19.5 knots (36.1 km/h; 22.4 mph) (maximum)
3 knots (5.6 km/h; 3.5 mph) in 1.5 m (4.9 ft) ice
Capacity: 80 scientists
1,100 tons of cargo
Complement: 175
Aircraft carried: 3 helicopters

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Clyde Dickens on Mar 20, 2017 21:25 (1 year ago)
Thank you Allan and Ted

Yes Ted we are having the wettest March in Sydney’s recent history. After more rain than usual for summer. The good news is that the grass has stayed green and the water storage dams are full.
Captain Ted on Mar 20, 2017 21:15 (1 year ago)
Having a problem in Sydney ? Good shot Clyde
Allan RO on Mar 20, 2017 20:39 (1 year ago)
nice one Clyde

Clyde Dickens on Mar 20, 2017 16:00 (1 year ago)
I had 35 m altitude - Drone height without mobility - on Middle Head. While dodging "morning showers clearing"

Thank you Derek and Owen
Owen Foley on Mar 20, 2017 12:47 (1 year ago)
This one is a regular for you Clyde.
Nice capture.
Derek Lilley on Mar 20, 2017 10:24 (1 year ago)
Very good capture of interesting vessel.
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