Icebreaker construction barges ahead

A graphic representation of the RSV Nuyina with the two barges.
A graphic representation of the RSV Nuyina with the two barges that will be built by Taylor Bros Pty Ltd. (Photo: AAD/Damen)

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.

This marks the half way point in the steel cutting, with some 10 000 tonnes expected to be cut. (Watch our new daily timelapse video of Nuyina's construction in the Damen Shipyards).

Progress was also made on another front today with the signing of a letter of intent by Tasmanian based maritime engineering firm, Taylor Bros Pty Ltd, with Damen Group, to construct two landing barges for Nuyina

The barges will be launched from Nuyina to complete the ship-to-shore transfer of cargo to Australia’s three Antarctic stations.

The two aluminium landing barges are approximately 16 metres in length and will be powered by two water-jets.