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.

  • The Nuyina in her final position in the wet dock.

    Antarctic icebreaker afloat

    22 September 2018

    Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker, RSV Nuyina, is now floating, after more than 50 Olympic swimming pools of water were pumped into the docks where the ship is being built.

  • This image shows the crosshair frame for a laser target point, mounted in a ‘gondola’ during alignment checks.

    Icebreaker construction requires laser precision

    6 August 2018

    Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker, RSV Nuyina, has reached another milestone in construction, with the laser-precision alignment of her propeller shafts.

  • The blades of the ship's propellers covered in a blue protective coating

    Icebreaker construction propels ahead

    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.

  • Bow of the ship with scaffolding surrounding it.

    Anchors, ice knives and thrusters

    4 May 2018

    The hull of Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker RSV Nuyina is rapidly taking shape.

  • The base of the ship’s hull takes shape in the dry dock at Damen Shipyards in Romania

    New icebreaker looking ship 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.

  • A graphic representation of the RSV Nuyina with the two barges.

    Icebreaker construction barges ahead

    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.

  • photo of man welding coins

    Foundation of Australia’s new icebreaker laid

    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.

  • Tradesperson working on steel with bright flash

    Moon pool takes shape

    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.

  • Man in hard hat about to hit button on panel

    Construction commences

    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.