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AUSTRALIAN ICEBREAKER NEARS COMPLETION

Thursday, September 3, 2020 

Australia’s new Knud E Hansen-designed icebreaker 'RSV Nuyina' has arrived at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding’s shipyard in Vlissingen, from the Damen Galati yard in Romania where the hull and superstructure was built, for the final stages of its testing and commissioning.

Design of the heavy icebreaker was contracted to Knud E Hansen of Denmark. Said to be unique to the vessel is a hybrid propulsion system to provide both the high power needed for icebreaking and silent running for science operations. Sensitive acoustic instruments are mounted on dual drop keels and multi-beam bathymetric sonars will enable sea floor mapping. Flexible and modular science laboratories will provide scientists the diverse facilities needed for conducting cutting edge research.

The Australian Government will deploy the 160.5m LR ice-classed vessel to resupply their Antarctic bases and for research and scientific work. The vessel can deploy a wide range of vehicles, including helicopters, landing barges and amphibious trucks to support the resupply operations. The new ship provides a modern platform for marine science research in both sea ice and open water with a large moon pool for launching and retrieving sampling equipment and remotely operated vehicles. Accommodation will be provided for 116 scientific personnel and 32 crew. The diesel-driven propulsion system operates by direct diesel drive, with 26,600kW of power, or via electrical power take-in, driving two CP propellers, three stern thrusters and three bow thrusters.

After sea and ice trials, the ship is expected to be delivered to the Australian Antarctic Division, in its home port of Hobart, in 2021

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