Polar Prince


Polar Prince - a multi-purpose ship orginally built as a class 100A medium-duty icebreaker

The Polar Prince is a multi-purpose ship orginally built in 1959 as a class 100A medium-duty icebreaker for service in the Canadian Arctic as the Sir Humphrey Gilbert. She was completely rebuilt in the 1980s and promptly retired and sold for scrap. The ship was purchased by a Newfoundland company and mostly sat idle until it was sold to an investor and then modernized in 2009. In 2010 the Polar Prince was sold to GX Technology Canada, LTD (division of Ion) in Calgary, Alberta and finally put back to work in the Arctic. This site is maintained to honor Canada's current and former ice-breakers and to help keep the pubic informed about Arctic issues.



Arctic News


UK to Build New Polar Research Ship
April 30th, 2014

The Brits will fund a new polar research ship to give UK scientists greater access to the North and South poles.


Sea-ice Loss Threatens Polar Bed Ecosystems
September 6th, 2013

Researchers at the UNSW and the Australian Antarctic Division find that even small changes in the timing of the annual loss of sea-ice in polar regions could pose huge negative impacts to ecosystems on the polar seabed.


Arctic Sea Ice Continues Downward Trend
August 24th, 2013

While there is a reduction in the rate of sea ice melting in the Arctic this summer, its over-all downward trend continues, says the NASA.


Greenland Ice Sheet Melting From Beneath
August 15th, 2013

New research reveals that the Greenland ice sheet is melting from below due to a high heat flow from the mantle into the lithosphere.


Warmer Pliocene Temperature Linked to Ice-free Arctic
August 3rd, 2013

Researchers from the University of Colorado, Boulder say that the warmer temperature during the Pliocene Epoch could have been caused by year-round ice-free conditions across the Arctic Ocean.


Alaskan Boreal Forest Fires Accelerate Climate Change
July 26th, 2013

Wildfires in the Yukon Flats of Alaska are decimating boreal forests in increasing intensity and speeding up climate change.


Arctic Methane to Cause Catastrophic Climate Impacts in 30 Years
July 26th, 2013

The runaway climate change which is melting the permafrost in the Arctic will release tons of methane to the atmosphere causing disastrous effects within 30 years or less.


Fast Ice Collapse in Antarctica and Greenland?
July 26th, 2013

Simulations on ice on the coasts of Antartica and Greeland for the coming decades reveal rapid cracking and collapse into the ocean speeding up sea level rise.


Canada Expands Tar Sands Insanity
July 13th, 2013

Despite the madness of converting boreal forests into leaking toxic sludge ponds, the government of Canada has approved a massive expansion of the devastation into some of the most important eco-systems in North America.


Light Absorption Speeding Arctic Ice Melt
January 1st, 2013

The record-setting disappearance of Arctic sea ice this fall was an indication to many climate scientists and ice experts that the pace of climate change was outstripping predictions.


Are polar ice sheets shrinking? Report offers definitive answer at last
December 16th, 2012

Numerous studies in recent years have offered different – and sometimes conflicting – views about ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica.


Antarctic ‘Lost World’ To Be Explored
December 10th, 2012

Final checks are under way in Antarctica before the launch of a daring attempt to investigate an ancient lake beneath the ice-sheet.


Grim Picture of Polar Ice-Sheet Loss
December 2nd, 2012

Antarctica and Greenland are rapidly losing their ice sheets because of climate change, says a comprehensive review.


Arctic Sea Ice Larger than US Melted this Year
November 28th, 2012

An area of Arctic sea ice bigger than the United States melted this year, according the UN weather agency, which said the dramatic decline illustrates that climate change is happening “before our eyes.”


Arctic Thaw Raises Stakes in Global struggle to Cut Carbon
November 28th, 2012

The massive release of methane and other gases from the Arctic will make it tougher to meet human greenhouse gas cuts, but the scale of the problem will still be determined by how much fossil fuel is burned by humans over coming decades, scientists say.


Google Street View Maps Ski Slopes, Expands in Arctic
November 28th, 2012

Want to enjoy a winter wonderland this holiday season, but don’t care to step outside into the chilly temperatures? Do some armchair vacationing in the Canadian Arctic, one of the newest stops for Google’s Street View.


Rosneft and Statoil Sign Declaration on Russian Arctic Shelf Environmental Protection
November 24th, 2012

Acknowledging that the Arctic environment consists of ecosystems with unique features and resources, and as such, require special protective measures, Rosneft has taken the initiative for a Declaration on environmental protection in the Arctic to be signed with its partners.


New Russian Arctic Route to Connect Europe to Asia-Pacific?
November 24th, 2012

As the melting of Arctic sea ice broke records this summer, Russia’s arctic revival plan moved a step forward.


Satellites Reveal Why Antarctic Sea Ice Grows as Arctic Melts
November 19th, 2012

US military satellite data exposes complexity of climate change and impact of changing wind patterns on polar regions.


The Innovation Challenge in the North
November 19th, 2012

Proximity is obviously not an advantage that the North enjoys. The region also, in Canada, lacks universities and population density.


Arctic Policy a Model for Resolving South China Sea Dispute?
November 19th, 2012

The geopolitical conflicts in the Arctic get more and more attention when climate change is discussed in the public sphere.


Canada Concerned Over Russian Suspension of Arctic Aboriginal Group
November 19th, 2012

Canada’s term as head of the Arctic Council could get interesting before it even begins after Russia shut down a group that represents its northern aboriginals at international meetings.


Climate Scientist Links Arctic Melting to U.S. Weather Fluctuations
November 19th, 2012

Climate scientists avoid blaming any single weather event like Sandy on global warming. But many say that climate change may well have played an important role in Sandy’s destruction, as well as other recent extreme weather events.


Naval Records from the 1800s- The Key to Unlocking Arctic Warming?
November 13th, 2012

What do Arctic warming, Hurricane Sandy, and Naval records from the Victorian Age have in common? Everything.


How Antarctic Sea Ice Increases with Climate Change
November 13th, 2012

Scientists have shed light on why, unlike the dramatic losses reported in the Arctic, the Antarctic sea ice cover has increased under the effects of climate change.


Northern MPs Argue Over Arctic Council Leadership
November 13th, 2012

Bevington says Foreign Affairs minister should be chair, not Aglukkaq.


Warming Temperatures Will Change Greenland’s Face
November 13th, 2012

The new model shows how a melting would alter the topography of “one of the world’s refrigerators,” potentially affecting adjacent ocean circulation and salinity, and speeding further melting.


Global Warming Means Culture Change
November 13th, 2012

Global warming is bad news for winter sports. But that’s not the only way climate change will mean culture change, too.


Massive Flood That Caused Ancient ‘Big Freeze’ Located
November 13th, 2012

A giant flood of Arctic meltwater may have triggered an ancient 1,200-year-long chill nicknamed the “Big Freeze,” the last major cold age on Earth, a new study finds.


Spring Snow Pack in the Arctic Disappearing Fast, Environment Canada Warns
November 13th, 2012

The spring snow pack in the Arctic is disappearing at a much faster rate than anticipated even by climate change models, says a new study by Environment Canada researchers.



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