Icebreaker construction updates
This graphic shows the 229 steel ‘sections’ (consolidated into 57 ‘blocks’) that make up the hull and superstructure of Australia's new icebreaker, RSV Nuyina. Some 10,000 tonnes of steel was used in construction. The placement of the blocks was completed in early 2019 and internal fit-out of the ship is underway.
22 February 2019
Despite blowing snow and temperatures as low as −10 degrees Celsius, construction is progressing on Australia’s new icebreaker, including on the internal fit out.
15 February 2019
The RSV Nuyina’s two 55 tonne cranes are now installed, and the aluminium cladding for the ship’s funnels has been lowered into place.
9 January 2019
All the major superstructure blocks on Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker are now in place.
20 November 2018
The crows nest, navigation bridge and science observation deck have been added to Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker RSV Nuyina.
5 November 2018
Since Australia’s new icebreaker, RSV Nuyina, was moved to a wet dock in late September, construction and internal fit-out has quickly progressed.
19 October 2018
Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker RSV Nuyina has been turned in the wet dock to facilitate construction of the ‘superstructure’, or decks above the hull.
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.
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.
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.