Melbourne Harbour Trust floating crane, Endeavour loading 96 000 litre bulk fuel tanks for Mawson onto Nanok S, February 1981
Melbourne Harbour Trust floating crane, Endeavour loading 96 000 litre bulk fuel tanks for Mawson onto Nanok S, February 1981 (Photo: Bob Reeves)
Nanok S Voyage 3, Casey, 1987 Nanok S and Ross seal

Built in 1962 in Denmark by the Svenborg Skibsvaerft shipyards, the MV Nanok S played a support role in transporting supplies for the ANARE station rebuilding program. Accommodating only 20 passengers, the Nanok S was a modest addition compared to the two other ships in use during this period, the Nella Dan and the Thala Dan.

Specifications

  • Motor Vessel (MV)
  • Finnish Ice Class 1A
  • engine Mak. type MZV582Ak, single-acting, 10 cylinder, 4-stroke diesel. Auxiliary engines were 2 × 110 kW 164 BHP diesel generator sets, 2 × 70 kW 108 BHP diesel generator sets
  • length: 88.5 metres
  • breadth moulded: 12.75 metres
  • capacity: 3000 tons gross
  • bunker capacity: 752.7 cubic metres
  • average speed: 13.2 knots
  • passenger capacity: 20; crew: 24

Key Antarctic voyages

On its first trip south with ANARE in the summer of 1979–80, the Nanok S carried a contingent of naval personnel, the largest to form part of an Australian Antarctic expedition.

In 1980, the Nanok S transported the first woman to winter on an Australian Antarctic station, Medical Officer Dr Louise Holliday, to Davis station.

Later life

In 1987, the Nanok S was sold to a Chinese freighter and renamed the Yan Dang Shan.