Shipping has been vital to the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE). Ships have transported people, equipment and supplies for ANARE, since it's establishment in 1947.

Ships have been crucial in scientific research and Antarctic operations. Surveying the coastline, conducting marine science, and resupplying stations, have all relied on shipping.

Over the years, the AAD has chartered polar icebreakers and other vessels to support its program. The Aurora Australis, launched in 1989, initiated a new era of research and resupply capability. Australia’s new icebreaker, RSV Nuyina, will further advance Australia’s Antarctic capabilities.

The following pages provide an overview of each of the ANARE vessels. Learn about each ship's specifications and key Antarctic voyages.