The Polar Star, suffered an electrical fire on 10 February, leaving the country facing a potential shortfall in its icebreaking ability. The ship was the US’ only functioning icebreaking vessel. The fire occurred in the incinerator room, more than 10,000 miles from Seattle. The crew fought the fire for over two hours. A new icebreaker isn’t due to enter the US fleet until 2023, when Polar Star’s service life is due to end, it will be the first time a heavy icebreaker has joined the US fleet for more than 20 years. Now under repair in Seattle, concerns remain about Polar Star’s ability to survive the next four years until its eventual replacement.