Australia New Antarctic icebreaker RSV Nuyina docks in locked-down Hobart

04:27  16 october  2021
04:27  16 october  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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Australia's new 9 million icebreaker , the RSV Nuyina , is set to arrive in Hobart on Saturday morning to far less fanfare than originally planned. Nuyina had to be towed from Romania, where it was built, to southern Holland for sea trials after the travel of specialists was hampered by COVID-19 restrictions. It left the Netherlands in early September for the voyage south across the Atlantic. It will undergo a period of testing, including ice trials in Antarctica , before likely commencing a re-supply and scientific trip this summer.

Australia's state-of-the-art Antarctic icebreaker , Nuyina , has begun its six-week journey across the planet to its new home port of Hobart . Key points: Nuyina replaces Aurora Australis, which was in service between 1989 and 2020. The new ship boasts vastly improved capabilities and a hefty price tag. The word ' nuyina ' means 'southern lights' in palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aboriginals. The RSV (research and supply vessel) Nuyina departed Vlissingen in the Netherlands last night after completing final testing, and will arrive in Hobart in October after a 24,000-kilometre trip.

The RSV Nuyina docked in Hobart on Saturday morning amid a three-day lockdown. (ABC News: Andy Cunningham ) © Provided by ABC NEWS The RSV Nuyina docked in Hobart on Saturday morning amid a three-day lockdown. (ABC News: Andy Cunningham )

It was not quite the celebratory fanfare planned but Australia's new icebreaker RSV Nuyina has finally arrived in Hobart.

The state-of-the art ship slipped quietly into Hobart after celebrations to welcome it were put on ice because of a snap COVID-19 lockdown.

The $528 million ship has taken 10 years to design and build and is bigger, faster and capable of staying at sea longer than its predecessor, the Aurora Australis.

It paused briefly in the middle of the Derwent and showed off its 360 degree-turning capabilities, spinning several times and blasting its horn.

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RSV Nuyina is an icebreaking research and supply vessel intended to support Australian scientific activities and research bases in Antarctica .

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While residents with a view of the River Derwent were able to watch it arrive, people were no longer permitted to greet the ship on the river or on the docks.

The Nuyina began its 24,000-kilometre journey from the Netherlands to Australia six weeks ago.

Australian Antarctic Division chief scientist Nicole Webster said the ship had exciting capabilities for scientists.

"We've been describing her as Disneyland for scientists," she told ABC Radio Hobart.

"She comes absolutely bristling with sensors that are really going to act like eyes and ears and they can collect mountains of data in real-time, so things like echo sounders that help us locate fish populations and krill swarms.

"It has hydrophones that can listen in on marine mammals and whales and seals it has underwater cameras that allow us to see into areas of the Southern Ocean that we've never been able to see before."

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The forthcoming arrival of Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker , RSV Nuyina , in its home port of Hobart in 2021, is being marked today with a stamp issue by Australia Post. The four stamps and minisheet highlight the ship’s state-of-the-art design, its role as an icebreaker and scientific research platform The name also links the icebreaker to Antarctica , where the geomagnetic phenomenon (or ‘aurora australis’) can be observed in polar skies, as well as to both its immediate predecessor, the icebreaker RSV Aurora Australis, and to Douglas Mawson’s earlier Antarctic vessel, SY Aurora.

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She said the ship will collect oceanographic and atmospheric data.

"It enables us to do things like artificial intelligence, we can track individual whales and then use some of those data streams to predict where those whale populations might be, so it's really going to transform our future science capabilities," Professor Webster said.

Anti-rolling ballast helps prevent 'heaving'

The AAD's Mark Horstman has been on board for the delivery voyage and said it had been a "very comfortable ride".

"I think we've been on board nearly 50 days," Mr Horstman said.

"We were all amazed at how well the ship handled and put it down to the anti-rolling ballast water system … the sea was heaving but people on board weren't heaving."

He was also excited by the scientific capabilities.

"I was pretty thrilled to see the moon pool, the fact that a ship can have a doorway straight down into the ocean so even if you're surrounded by sea ice you can put all kinds of equipment down," Mr Horstman said.

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Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker , RSV Nuyina , was floated in wet dock on Saturday at Damen Shipyards in Romania. It took two days to pump enough water from the nearby river into the docks , raising the water level six meters (20 feet) and floating the 10,751 ton ship about RSV Nuyina , is due to arrive in Hobart in 2020 and make her maiden voyage to Antarctica in 2020-21. The ship will be the main lifeline to Australia’s three Antarctic research stations and its sub- Antarctic station on Macquarie Island and will support Australia’s leadership role in Antarctic and Southern Ocean scientific research.

Australia’s high-advanced new Antarctic icebreaker ‘ Nuyina ’ is underway on its 24,000km (13,000 nautical mile) maiden voyage home to Tasmania following delivery from Damen Vlissingen in the Netherlands. The voyage to her homeport in Hobart , Tasmania is expected to take about seven weeks, with arrival scheduled in late October. The voyage will take the ship close to 60 degrees South, close to the edge of sea ice surrounding Antartica. RSV Nuyina was designed by the renowned naval architecture firm Knud E. Hansen, along with Damen’s engineering and detailed design teams in the

"We got to jump into it to celebrate crossing the equator."

The ship's name, pronounced noy-yee-nah, means southern lights in palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aboriginal people.

The name was suggested by school students after a national competition in 2017 and was given formal approval by Tasmania's Indigenous community.

The Nuyina will undertake two years of testing, including ice trials in Antarctica.

Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley said it would be much more than a supply ship for Australia's Antarctic bases.

"She's got some pretty incredible laboratories and ability and capability so don't just think about this vessel as transporting our expeditioners south and bringing the gear there and back, she's a floating laboratory, 20 laboratories in fact," she said.

Ms Ley said it was disappointing the ship's arrival coincided with a coronavirus lockdown in southern Tasmania.

"It's so disappointing for the people of Hobart … she would have had a magnificent welcome – one of many because some of us can't get into Tasmania for a while," she said.

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"She'll be being commissioned, being prepared, being provisioned and all of that over the next few weeks, so there'll be lots of opportunities to see her in action."

The ship replaces the Aurora Australis which severed as Australia's supply ship for more than 30 years.

It was a regular feature on the Hobart waterfront and was affectionately dubbed the Orange Roughy.

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