Australia's new icebreaker - RSV Nuyina
One of the most advanced vessels of its kind in the world, the RSV Nuyina is a scientific research platform, icebreaker and resupply ship in one.
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 managed the ship design and build process, and will operate and maintain the icebreaker from its home port of Hobart, Tasmania from 2021. The RSV Nuyina will form the centrepiece of the Australian Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan and will influence the shape of the nation’s scientific research programme for decades to come.
About the RSV Nuyina
Image: Pete Harmsen AAD
Replacing the Aurora Australis, the RSV Nuyina will be faster, larger, stronger and offer increased endurance. At 160.3 metres long and 25,500 tonnes, the vessel will be powerful enough to break 1.65 metres of ice at a continuous speed of three knots, quiet enough to allow researchers to use acoustic instruments, and large enough to resupply two of Australia’s four Antarctic and sub-Antarctic stations in one voyage.
The vessel will 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.
RSV Nuyina completed its first Antarctic season over the 2021-2022 summer.
Captain Paul Clarke shares news from the bridge as the team readies Australia's new icebreaker for its maiden voyage in 2020.