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  • Icebreaker at dock in dawn light

    Australia’s new icebreaker on the move

    Australia’s new icebreaker RSV Nuyina is bound for final commissioning and sea trials in the Netherlands, surviving its first underwater scrape in the process.

  • National Reconciliation Week

    The name of Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker, RSV Nuyina, recognises the long connection that Tasmanian Aboriginal people have with the evocative southern lights.

  • Aerial photo of the icebreaker ship beside a wharf in Romania.

    Nuyina delayed arrival into Hobart

    The arrival of Australia’s new icebreaker RSV Nuyina to its homeport of Hobart has been delayed by 19 weeks.

  • Three electrical-optical-mechanical cables.

    Southern Ocean science at the speed of light

    High speed fibre optic cables installed on icebreaker RSV Nuyina will provide scientists with real-time data and high resolution video of the deep-sea environment.

  • Aerial photo of the Nuyina beside the wharf in Romania.

    New icebreaker propels to life

    The propulsion system of Australia’s icebreaker, RSV Nuyina, has heaved to life with the turning of the starboard propeller for the first time.

  • Two blue coloured sewage treatment plants on the ship.

    Sailing the green seas

    It’s not easy being green but the icebreaker Nuyina project team is employing a range of environmental strategies to help the ship sail lightly on the Southern Ocean.

  • Up close with Nuyina

    Check out the latest video of the Nuyina under construction at the Damen shipyards in Romania.

  • The Nuyina docked by a wharf in Romania.

    Icebreaker’s internal fit-out shapes up

    Australia’s new icebreaker RSV Nuyina is looking more like a home away from home for scientists, expeditioners and crew, as the internal fit-out takes shape.

  • graphic of icebreaker in ice with aurora

    Captains announced for RSV Nuyina

    Two experienced Captains for Australia’s new icebreaker have been announced.

  • Wharfside view of RSV Nuyina in Galati.

    Portside with Nuyina

    Australian Antarctic Division Director, Kim Ellis, toured the RSV Nuyina at the Galați shipyards, as construction nears completion ahead of sea-ice trials early next year.

  • Diesel generators of the Nuyina.

    Diesel generators start up

    The RSV Nuyina’s diesel generators started up for the first time this week.

  • Nuyina in the wet dock in Romania.

    Nuyina in harbour tests

    Antarctic icebreaker RSV Nuyina is being put through its paces with a barrage of tests on the propulsion, bilge, ballast and other auxiliary systems.

  • View of a 16.3 metre long barge under construction.

    New watercraft construction barging ahead

    Construction of two ‘heavy lift’ barges for the new Antarctic icebreaker, RSV Nuyina, is underway at Tasmanian shipbuilders, Taylor Bros.

  • Bow view of Nuyina painted in international orange.

    Readiness testing for Harbour Acceptance Trials

    Australia’s Antarctic icebreaker RSV Nuyina is being readied for ‘harbour acceptance trials’ next month and receiving a final coat of paint.

  • The Nuyina’s two 55 tonne cranes are in place and the bridge windows installed.

    Nuyina’s internal fit-out

    Despite blowing snow and temperatures as low as −10 degrees Celsius, construction is progressing on Australia’s new icebreaker, including on the internal fit out.

  • Nuyina in the dry dock with two cranes installed.

    Nuyina cranes and funnels

    The RSV Nuyina’s two 55 tonne cranes are now installed, and the aluminium cladding for the ship’s funnels has been lowered into place.

  • Aerial view of icebreaker Nuyina alongside a wharf in Romania.

    Superstructure blocks in place

    All the major superstructure blocks on Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker are now in place.

  • The front of bridge consoles arranged for a factory acceptance test in Norway.

    Building a bridge

    The bridge of Antarctic icebreaker RSV Nuyina has come a long way from a scale model on paper to a final functional design boasting cutting-edge technology.

  • The Nuyina in the wet dock crowned with a crows nest, 32 metre-long navigation bridge and science observation deck.

    Navigation bridge tops icebreaker

    The crows nest, navigation bridge and science observation deck have been added to Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker RSV Nuyina.

  • The Nuyina’s name panel is in place above the watertight hull, as other components of the superstructure (area above the hull) are being prepared for installation.

    Ship superstructure on the rise

    Since Australia’s new icebreaker, RSV Nuyina, was moved to a wet dock in late September, construction and internal fit-out has quickly progressed.

  • The ship in the wet dock being prepared to move out into the River Danube.

    Antarctic icebreaker takes a turn

    Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker RSV Nuyina has been turned in the wet dock to facilitate construction of the ‘superstructure’, or decks above the hull.

  • The Nuyina in her final position in the wet dock.

    Antarctic icebreaker afloat

    Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker, RSV Nuyina, is now floating, after more than 50 Olympic swimming pools of water were pumped into the docks where the ship is being built.

  • An artist’s impression of the Nuyina beside the Aurora Australis in Hobart.

    Icebreaker construction requires laser precision

    Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker, RSV Nuyina, has reached another milestone in construction, with the laser-precision alignment of her propeller shafts.

  • Lloyd Symons (left) and Michael Santarossa in front of computer screens set up to mimic the Aurora Australis science control room and deliver ‘data in real time’ (DiRT).

    Data to the bunk

    Expeditioners and crew onboard the Aurora Australis can now get the ‘DiRT’ on what’s happening on the ship, from the comfort of their own bunks.

  • The blades of the ship’s propellers covered in a blue protective coating

    Icebreaker construction propels ahead

    Key pieces of the RSV Nuyina’s propulsion system have recently arrived at the Damen Shipyard at Galati, including the propellers and propeller hubs.

  • A 300 tonne steel block of the ship’s hull showing anchor tubes and three decks.

    Anchors, ice knives and thrusters

    The hull of Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker RSV Nuyina is rapidly taking shape.

  • The base of the ship’s hull takes shape in the dry dock at Damen Shipyards in Romania

    New icebreaker looking ship shape

    Construction of Australia’s new scientific icebreaker RSV Nuyina has reached another major milestone, with more than 7000 tonnes of steel cut, and the assembly of the base of the hull in the dry dock.

  • LEGO icebreaker

    LEGO model of new icebreaker to tour Australia

    Australia’s new icebreaker RSV Nuyina has been brought to life in LEGO by Ryan “The Brickman” McNaught.

  • Photo of people getting off a plane.

    Australian school children take their place in Antarctic history

    A group of Australian school students have made history becoming the first children to fly to and set foot on Antarctica as part of the Australian Antarctic Program.

  • A graphic representation of the RSV Nuyina with the two barges.

    Icebreaker construction barges ahead

    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.

  • Students posing with Minister and model ship

    Australia’s new icebreaker name providing students with the trip of a lifetime

    Twelve school students are set to become the first children to fly to and set foot on Antarctica as part of the Australian Antarctic Program, following their win in the Turnbull Government’s national “Name our Icebreaker” competition.

  • Photo of coins before they are welded to icebreaker

    Foundation of Australia’s new icebreaker laid

    The first building block of Australia’s new icebreaker has been welded into place at a keel laying ceremony in Romania overnight.

  • Tradesperson working on steel with bright flash

    Moon pool takes shape

    More than 2391 tonnes of steel has been cut to form the bottom of Australia’s new icebreaker, which will be home to the ship’s moon pool.

  • Computer generated image of the icebreaker.

    Antarctic icebreaker competition extended

    The Australian Antarctic Division has extended its competition to name the nation’s new icebreaker until 7 July.

  • Man in hard hat about to hit button on panel

    Construction commences

    The jigsaw pieces of Australia’s new icebreaker are being created, with laser and plasma technology cutting sections of steel to fit together to form the new ship.

  • Man in hard hat about to hit button on panel

    Construction of Australia’s new icebreaker commences

    Construction of Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker has begun with a steel cutting ceremony in Romania overnight.

  • A319 at Wilkins

    Australian students chance to fly to Antarctica

    An Antarctic experience of a lifetime is on offer for Australian students who win a national competition to name the nation’s new icebreaker vessel, with a flight to Antarctica on offer to the winning entry.

  • Model of the new icebreaker

    Model of Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker on public display

    A model of Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker will be on public display for the first time at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart.

  • A graphic of the new icebreaker in the ice

    Contract signed for Australia’s new icebreaker

    The Australian Government has signed a contract for Australia’s new icebreaker, amounting to a $1.912 billion investment, with the custom built ship due to arrive in Australia in mid-2020.

  • A graphic of the new icebreaker alongside the wharf

    Australia’s state of the art icebreaker unveiled

    Australia’s new icebreaker will be a modern, sophisticated ship that will offer scientists unprecedented and extended access to the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.

  • Sea ice

    Icebreaker procurement process update

    Latest developments in the icebreaker procurement process.

  • Aurora Australis in ice

    Taking the next step to acquire a new Antarctic icebreaker

    The Australian Government has taken a significant step towards procuring a next-generation icebreaker to replace the ageing Aurora Australis, through the release of a detailed Request for Tender (RFT) to two prequalified companies.

  • The Aurora Australis unloads cargo on the fast ice at Davis station.

    Shortlisted companies announced to build new Antarctic icebreaker

    Two companies have been shortlisted to build a new Antarctic icebreaker as part of the largest investment in Antarctica in Australian history.

  • Aurora Australis

    Boosting Australia’s commitment to Tasmania and Antarctica with new icebreaker

    In a significant long term commitment to Tasmania and Antarctica, the Government has approved the process to procure a new icebreaker to replace the ageing Aurora Australis.