New icebreaker is a strong boost for Antarctic research and good news for the Tasmanian economy

Environment Minister Greg Hunt surrounded by media in front of the orange icebreaker ship Aurora Australis on Hobart's waterfront.
Minister for the Environment, The Hon. Greg Hunt, MP, speaks to the media about the new Australian icebreaker which will replace the Aurora Australis. (Photo: Nisha Harris)

19th May 2014

The Hon. Greg Hunt MP

Minister for the Environment

As part of a significant Budget commitment to Antarctic research and operations, the Federal Government is proceeding with the procurement of a new icebreaker to be crewed and based in Hobart.

The new icebreaker will help to further expand Tasmania’s role as the gateway to the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.  It will be able to conduct deep-sea Southern Ocean research and sea-ice experiments, as well as deliver critical fuel and cargo to Australian stations. 

More information

Minister Hunt's Media Release 

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