Australia's new icebreaker - RSV Nuyina

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' Log

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.

The Galati Four

6 November 2019

Captain Scott Laughlin introduces the ‘Galati Four’ as they form their first impressions of the ship.

Antarctic-bound on the Aurora Australis

7 November 2019

Captain Paul Clarke gets a taste for Australia’s Antarctic operations on the Aurora Australis’s voyage to Davis.

Icebreaker Opportunities

Industry partnerships

Serco is committed to providing opportunities for local industry to participate in the project.

Opportunities exist for:

  • Repair and maintenance (systems and equipment)
  • Docking
  • Security
  • Cleaning
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Berthing facilities and security
  • Cleaning
  • Providoring & Fuel
  • Stevedoring

We encourage local industry interested in supplying to the project to register an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the ICN Gateway page.

Career opportunities

We are proud to have been selected to design and build the Australian Antarctic Division’s state-of-the-art icebreaker and excited to operate and maintain the RSV Nuyina from its home port of Hobart, Tasmania from 2020.

This vessel will require approximately 65 Crew between 2 swings and potential opportunities will exist for:

  • Engineers
  • Officers
  • Ratings
  • Cadets

Interested in being part of the team who will operate and maintain the new icebreaker? You can search for jobs here or email

Contact us

Serco Australia
p: 61 (0)2 9964 9733

32a Salamanca Square
Hobart, TAS, 7000

Industry Partnerships

For more information on industry partnerships, please visit the ICN Gateway page.

Join our team

Interested in being part of the team who will operate and maintain the new icebreaker? You can search for jobs here or email