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.

8315 tonnes of steel have been cut so far, which is equivalent to 46 blue whales or 184 777 large emperor penguins! Up to 10 000 tonnes will be cut and welded into 57 construction blocks.

  • 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.