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Engine trouble scuttles plans for Arctic research expedition

Posted on behalf of Hannah Hoag Canada’s Arctic research vessel the CCGS Amundsen has been put out of action while it awaits engine repairs, forcing researchers to cancel the ship’s research program for 2012. A routine inspection in December 2011 revealed cracks on four of the ships six engines. “She can’t go into the Arctic this summer,” says Martin Fortier, executive director of ArcticNet, a research network based at Laval University in Quebec City, Quebec, that provides funding and logistics for Arctic research in Canada. “But if it had to happen, this was a good year for it.” Fortier says 


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