The crew of the vessel include the members of the 2013 Australasian Antarctic Expedition, which intends to recreate the scientific Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911 to 1914 for a modern scientific age — with special attention paid to environmental data that may help scientists better understand climate change.
The vessel had just left the Commonwealth Bay are of East Antarctica when a blizzard set in, trapping the Shokalskiy in pack ice, wrote science reporter Andrew Luck-Baker for the BBC.
The Russian ship has been stuck in the ice since Christmas morning, when it signaled the Australian Maritime Safety Authority for assistance with its chilly predicament, wrote USA Today.
Three ice breaker ships are now on the way to assist them, with the Chinese Snow Dragon expected to reach the scene by Friday.
The crew of the ship is faring well and has even been able to update their blog as they await international assistance. Geologist Chris Turney of the University of New South Wales has been posting regular video updates to Twitter.
Research hasn't stopped either. Oceanographer Erik van Sebille is measuring the temperature and salinity of the water around the ship, while expedition marine ecologist Tracy Rogers plans to look into the vocalizations of leopard seals, wrote the BBC.
Here is CNN video about the stuck Antarctica cruise.