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Our work with the Tasmanian Government and Australian Antarctic Division of the Department of the Environment to engage local industry support for the Icebreaker programme

Our contract to design, build, operate and maintain the new icebreaker, the RSV Nuyina, for the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) of the Department of the Environment is expected to generate millions of dollars of industry activity in the State of Tasmania.

To enable this, Serco is working closely with the Tasmanian Government, the AAD, industry specialists and potential sub-contractors building relationships to ensure long-term success.

In mid-2018, we launched a local industry participation program in Hobart, Tasmania with Premier Will Hodgman. Mr Hodgman said the Icebreaker programme has significant importance to the local economy and praised Serco’s commitment to engage local industry and its open procurement practices. He said that the depth of work required would bring specialist skills into the State and have benefits across industry development for the next 30 years.

More than 200 business leaders attended the launch, drawing together a diverse range of industries that will be required.

AAD Modernisation Program Manager, Rob Bryson, said enduring opportunities for Tasmanian businesses to provide services to the ship was an important consideration in contract negotiations with Serco. “The RSV Nuyina offers great opportunities for Tasmanian and interstate businesses to provide a wide range of services in support of the ship’s science and resupply voyages to Antarctica,” he said.