Australia’s new icebreaker

Australia's new Antarctic icebreaker, due to arrive in Hobart in 2020, will be the main lifeline to Australia’s Antarctic and subantarctic research stations and the central platform of our Antarctic and Southern Ocean scientific research.

An icebreaker enables us to cross thousands of kilometres of the world’s stormiest seas, navigate through Antarctica’s formidable sea ice barrier, and live and work for extended periods on the coldest, driest and windiest continent on earth – some of the harshest conditions in the world.