Icebreaker construction updates
Follow the construction of our new icebreaker RSV Nuyina as the 229 steel ‘sections’ (consolidated into 57 ‘blocks’) that make up the hull and superstructure are cut and craned into place. Orange = completed. Yellow = under construction.
8802 tonnes of steel have been cut so far, which is equivalent to 49 blue whales or 195 600 large emperor penguins! Up to 10 000 tonnes will be cut and welded into 57 construction blocks.
25 May 2018
Key pieces of the RSV Nuyina's propulsion system have recently arrived at the Damen Shipyard at Galati, including the propellers and propeller hubs.
4 May 2018
The hull of Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker RSV Nuyina is rapidly taking shape.
16 March 2018
Construction of Australia’s new scientific icebreaker RSV Nuyina has reached another major milestone, with more than 7000 tonnes of steel cut, and the assembly of the base of the hull in the dry dock.
3 November 2017
Construction of Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker RSV Nuyina reached a numerical milestone this week with 5000 tonnes of steel cut at Damen Shipyards in Romania.
25 August 2017
The first building block of Australia’s new icebreaker has been welded into place at a keel laying ceremony in Romania overnight.
25 July 2017
More than 2391 tonnes of steel has been cut to form the bottom of Australia's new icebreaker, which will be home to the ship's moon pool.
1 June 2017
The jigsaw pieces of Australia’s new icebreaker are being created, with laser and plasma technology cutting sections of steel to fit together to form the new ship.