The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) announced that the month-long sea trials campaign of Australia’s new icebreaking research and supply vessel (RSV) “Nuyina” has started and will be followed by additional weeks of deepwater trials. Testing of the ship’s speed, noise, propulsion systems, steering, advanced electrical systems and science equipment will take place as the vessel prepares for final sea ice trials in the Arctic early next year.

One of the most advanced vessels of its kind, RSV Nuyina will provide a world-class scientific platform for Antarctic researchers, carrying cutting-edge equipment to study the depths of the Southern Ocean, sea ice and the upper atmosphere. The vessel is expected to arrive in its home port of Hobart in mid-2021 to commence Antarctic operations in next year’s Southern Hemisphere summer season.

ICE is proud to be supporting Serco in this prestigious project by providing yard construction supervision and various other engineering services.

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