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CH2M Hill Polar Services is the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Arctic Logistics contractor. CH2M Hill Polar Services annually supports over 100 grants and 500 scientists in Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the Arctic Ocean. CH2M Hill Polar Services coordinates transportation, remote medical services, safety training, remote communications and proposal assistance.
University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) is an organization of 64 academic institutions and National Laboratories involved in oceanographic research and joined for the purpose of coordinating oceanographic ships' schedules and research facilities.
The US Coast Guard, NSF and UNOLS in September 1996 established a UNOLS Committee - the Arctic Icebreaker Coordinating Committee (AICC) - that will address research support for US academic science investigators carrying out Arctic polar science research aboard US Coast Guard icebreakers. The committee will also provide oversight and advice to the Coast Guard, NSF and UNOLS for the purpose of enhancing and facilitating science aboard US vessels (including but not restricted to icebreakers) carrying out Arctic high latitude research. The immediate concerns of this committee are the USCG icebreakers POLAR SEA, POLAR STAR and HEALY.