Construction commences

Man in hard hat about to hit button on panel
Icebreaker project manager, Nick Browne, prepares to hit the 'go' button on the first stage of construction (Photo: Damen/Australian Antarctic Division)

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.

Steel cutting is the first tangible step of the ship build, and is the culmination of almost of decade of planning. The first pieces of steel, some weighing up to 300 tonnes, will form the base of the ship.

The next milestone will be the keel laying in late August.