In 2016 Serco was awarded the contract for the Design, Build, Operation and Maintenance of Australia’s new icebreaker, the RSV Nuyina. The icebreaker will be a state-of-the-art ship that will offer scientists unprecedented and extended access to the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.
Serco Australia is managing the ship design and build process, and will then operate and maintain the icebreaker from its home port of Hobart, Tasmania from 2020. The RSV Nuyina will form the centrepiece of Australia’s Antarctic presence and influence the shape of the nation’s scientific research programme for decades to come.
About the RSV Nuyina
Replacing the Aurora Australis, the RSV Nuyina will be faster, larger, stronger and offer increased endurance. The vessel will supply Antarctic research stations with cargo, equipment and personnel, and as a research ship, it will also have extensive laboratory facilities on board. The 160-metre long, 26,000-tonne vessel is expected to accommodate 34 Serco crew and up to 116 AAD scientific personnel, and has the ability to embark up to four helicopters, two landing craft and a dedicated science tender.
The icebreaker is being constructed at the Damen shipyard in Galati, Romania and is expected to be commissioned in 2020. Damen is a leading international shipyard group, with more than 6,000 employees and a presence in 34 countries. Damen produces a broad range of bespoke vessels including scientific, hydrographic, naval and ice ships, and since 1969 has delivered over 5,000 vessels.
Captains Scott Laughlin and Paul Clarke share news from the bridge as the team readies Australia's new icebreaker for its maiden voyage in 2020.