You’ve met Australia’s new icebreaker, RSV Nuyina, now meet the people who will captain and crew the ship as they prepare for its arrival in Hobart in 2020.
Captain Scott Laughlin, who was Master of the Aurora Australis for more than 10 years, is in Romania with a small team, to ensure the ship is ready for sea and ice trials and to become familiar with it's capabilities and operation.
Captain Paul Clarke, who previously worked for the British Antarctic Survey, is currently on the Aurora Australis as it makes its way to Davis research station, to familiarise himself with Australian Antarctic operations and sea routes. Captain Paul will join the team in Romania when he returns.
Follow this ‘Captains Log’ to share in their experiences.
30 January 2020
As work continues on the Nuyina in Galati, Captain Paul Clarke returns to Tasmania to undergo Polar Code training with the Australian Maritime College.
29 November 2019
Captain Clarke departs Antarctica and prepares for his next adventure, meeting the Nuyina in Romania.
22 November 2019
Captain Clarke participates in the Davis research station refuelling.
20 November 2019
The Galati Four are in the swing of Harbour Acceptance Trials, for the Nuyina's elevators, cranes and life boats.
12 November 2019
Captain Laughlin participates in ‘test readiness reviews’ and meets the ship for the first time.
7 November 2019
Captain Paul Clarke gets a taste for Australia’s Antarctic operations on the Aurora Australis’s voyage to Davis.
6 November 2019
This week Captain Scott Laughlin introduces the ‘Galati Four’ as they form their first impressions of the ship.