Support craft

A red dozer is floated by barge towards the shoreline.
Moving machinery by barge (Photo: Shane Smith)

Ships use a number of support craft for resupply purposes.

These include LARCs (Lighter, Amphibious, Resupply, Cargo), barges, and helicopters which are frequently used to support shipping operations.

Inflatable rubber boats (IRBs) and rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) are also used for ship-to-shore personnel transfers and refuelling operations.

The Aurora Australis is also fitted with a fast rescue boat and a workboat.