Antarctic barges baptised

Antarctic landing barges destined to work alongside Australia’s new icebreaker RSV Nuyina undertook sea-trials on Hobart’s River Derwent in October.

The two aluminium landing barges will carry up to 45 tonnes of cargo from ship to shore at Australia’s Antarctic and sub-Antarctic stations.

The testing involved open water trials to demonstrate a range of requirements relating to speed, propulsion and manoeuvring capability. They were also tested for their ability to carry large trucks ashore as part of a ‘roll-on roll-off’ capability, where vehicles can drive on or off the barge over a ramp.

The barges were built by historic Hobart marine engineering company Taylor Bros (Australian Antarctic Magazine 36: 6–7, 2019).

Nisha Harris