Floating of RSV Nuyina
The Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team has welcomed the floating of the RSV Nuyina, an important milestone in the construction of Australia’s next ice breaker.
The Federal Liberal National Government announced in 2016 that it would fund a new ice breaker. The name “Nuyina” was the successful entry in a competition submitted by students from St Virgil’s College in Hobart.
“This is an important step in the construction of the 10,000 tonne RSV Nuyina which will come to Tasmania in 2020. This is a key part of the single biggest investment by the Australian Government in the history of Australia’s Antarctic program, with $1.912 billion provided for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the ship over the next 30 years,” Senator Abetz said.
“The ship was floated 250 metres into a wet dock to begin the next phase of construction – the addition of decks above the hull. It took two days to pump enough water from the nearby river into the dry dock, raising the water level six metres and floating the 10,751 tonne ship about 30 centimetres above the dock floor,” Senator Bushby said.
“The floating foreshadows significant construction work still to come, with another 6000 tonnes of steel to be added, as well as the painting, fit-out and final harbour acceptance trials. When complete, the ship will rise to 10 decks to the Bridge and measure 50.2 metres from the keel to the top of the weather radar on the main mast,” Senator Colbeck said.
“While this next phase of construction continues, staff at the Australian Antarctic Division are working to make the most of the new scientific capabilities and operational capacity that the ship will offer. This exciting development again reaffirms the Government’s commitment to making Tasmania the global hub of Antarctic exploration,” Senator Duniam said.