The Hon. Greg Hunt MP
Minister for the Environment

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. This new icebreaker will be based in Hobart.

The new ship will have an enhanced icebreaking capability, greater cargo capacity, be able to undertake critical marine science within the sea ice zone, operate more efficiently and effectively and also act in a supporting role for other Government agencies if the need arises.