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The arrival of Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker

Michael McLaren

Michael is joined by Sussan Ley, Federal Minister for the Environment / Member for Farrer NSW, about the arrival of Australia’s state of the art Antarctic research vessel, the 160m long RSV Nuyina, which was purpose built for the Australian Antarctic Program.

 

The most advanced vessel of its kind to be deployed in the Southern Ocean, the newly constructed and commissioned icebreaker left Vlissingen in the Netherlands early September completing its 24,000 kilometre journey to Hobart on the weekend.

 

“This is a ship capable of breaking through Antarctic sea ice, withstanding 14m seas and temperatures of minus 30 degrees to service our Antarctic stations, while also working as a state of the art floating science platform in her own right,” Minister Ley said.

 

“The RSV Nuyina will soon be the backbone of the Australian Antarctic Program, able to support voyages of 90 days at a time.”

 

“It will establish a scientific legacy that will last for generations and today is a huge milestone for climate research, and our study of Antarctic and marine ecosystems.”

 

The Morrison Government is investing $1.9 billion to cover the design and build of the ship as well as its operation and maintenance over an expected 30-year life span.

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