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People of Nuyina

Scientists and project staff

Aboard the Nuyina you'll find a diverse group of scientists with many different areas of interest. They might include acousticians, krill biologists, marine mammal observers, biochemists, geologists, glaciologists, atmospheric scientists and many more. The makeup of the team on board depends on the purpose of the voyage and the types of projects that are taking place.

The Australian Antarctic Division sends a two to three-person voyage management team on every voyage. This team works closely with the ship’s master and crew to ensure that the objectives of the voyage are met safely.

Master and crew

Nuyina is staffed by a professional crew of experienced polar seafarers. Nuyina's crew are employed by Serco, the operators of the ship.

The ship's Master has responsibility for the safety of the Nuyina and all those on board through the harsh sea and ice conditions of the Southern Ocean.

A number of crew members work as ‘Integrated Ratings’ (IRs), performing a range of essential jobs as they move or ‘integrate’ between the Bridge and the engine room. They may operate deck machinery, including cranes and winches, conduct maintenance on the ship, performs watchkeeper duty or work in the engine room under the guidance of engineers.

Chefs and stewards perform essential hospitality roles, keeping passengers fed and maintaining a hygenic living environment.

Expeditioners

Nuyina is the ‘Uber’ of the Southern Ocean for expeditioners heading south to work in Antarctica. It is also a welcome sight on the horizon for homesick staff looking forward to returning home.

While many Australian expeditioners these days fly south to Wilkins Aerodrome, near Casey research station, the Nuyina has an important role in passenger transport.

Going south to Antarctica across the Southern Ocean by ship has been described as one of the last great voyages on Earth.

Galley staff show off a delicious spread of food including salads, meats, cheeses and fruit and serving bowls.
Food is a critical part of the ship-board experience. Photo: Pete Harmsen
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