Nuyina in harbour tests
Nuyina Harbour Tests
ROB BRYSON: Manager – Antarctic Modernisation Branch
Nuyina is about to go into the first of a series of trials which is the harbour acceptance trials, which will be conducted alongside the wharf in Galati, Romania. What this is, is a whole series of 190 different tests that will test everything about the ship to make sure that it’s ready for the next stage in the trials process.
TEXT BOX: The Harbour Acceptance Tests (HAT) will test the ship’s propulsion, bilge, ballast and auxiliary systems.
ROB BRYSON: The HAT represents the first time that we’re powering up all the systems on the ship. The ship finally comes to life. Even though we’ve had little bits of systems working in the past, this is the first time that they’ll all work together.
TEXT BOX: The HAT is the first of three trials – harbour, sea and ice.
ROB BRYSON: It’s an important part of testing the ship and making sure it’s ready to go to sea for the sea acceptance trials. Following that we’ll move into the third phase of the testing program which will be special sea trials, which will involve taking the vessel off the coast of Norway and into the Arctic to test it in sea ice conditions.
TEXT BOX: The Nuyina will arrive in its home port of Hobart in late 2020.
Antarctic icebreaker RSV Nuyina is being put through its paces with a barrage of tests on the propulsion, bilge, ballast and other auxiliary systems.
The 190 tests are part of formal Harbour Acceptance Tests or ‘HATs’, and require all the systems on the ship to be powered up, for the first time.
Antarctic Modernisation Branch General Manager, Rob Bryson, said the HATs were the first of three phases of tests and trials, before the ship is finally delivered to its home port of Hobart.
“The HATs will ensure the ship is ready for the next stage in the trials process, which will be the Sea Acceptance Trials in the Black Sea,” Mr Bryson said.
“These trials will test the propulsion system, sensor suites and all the main machinery, to make sure they meet the function and performance specifications.
“We’ll then move into the third phase of testing – Special Sea Trials – which will test the vessel in sea ice conditions in the Arctic. These trials will also test that the ship meets the noise requirements of its ‘Silent R’ rating, for silent operations when undertaking acoustic science.”
The HATs will run for about six months.
Read more about the ship on our icebreaker pages.