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April 06, 2008

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These ships are used for many other purposes. Polar Star has a variety of missions while operating in polar regions. During Antarctic deployments, our primary missions was includebreaking a channel through the sea ice to resupply research stations. We also resupply ships use the channelto bring food, fuel, and other goods to make it throughout winter. In addition, to these duties, Polar Star also serves asa scientific research platform with five laboratories and accommodationsfor up to 20 scientists. The "J"-shaped cranes and workareas near the stern and port side of ship give scientists thecapability to do at-sea studies in the fields of geology, vulcanology,oceanography, sea-ice physics and other disciplines.

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