Captains' Log

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.

  • A simulation of the Aurora Australis entering Mawson’s Horseshoe Harbour.

    Knowledge is key

    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.

  • Paul filters water into a plastic container in the ship's lab.

    Goodbye Antarctica, hello Romania

    29 November 2019

    Captain Clarke departs Antarctica and prepares for his next adventure, meeting the Nuyina in Romania.

  • Paul at the Davis signpost with the Australian flag and the P&O flag, in honour of the Aurora Australis, in the background.

    Davis station refuelling

    22 November 2019

    Captain Clarke participates in the Davis research station refuelling.

  • Lifeboat on the Nuyina.

    Harbour Acceptance Trials

    20 November 2019

    The Galati Four are in the swing of Harbour Acceptance Trials, for the Nuyina's elevators, cranes and life boats.

  • The Nuyina docked by a wharf in Romania.

    Welcome to Galati

    12 November 2019

    Captain Laughlin participates in ‘test readiness reviews’ and meets the ship for the first time.

  • Paul Clark on the deck of the Aurora Australis with sea ice behind.

    Antarctic-bound on the Aurora Australis

    7 November 2019

    Captain Paul Clarke gets a taste for Australia’s Antarctic operations on the Aurora Australis’s voyage to Davis.

  • Captain Scott Laughlin and three other Serco team members in front of the Nuyina.

    The 'Galati Four'

    6 November 2019

    This week Captain Scott Laughlin introduces the ‘Galati Four’ as they form their first impressions of the ship.