Damen press release
Damen is building the vessel for Serco Group on behalf of the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD).
RSV Nuyina will be one of the most advanced scientific research vessels in the world. Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) has been managing this complex project from Vlissingen right from the start. The knowledge and skills that DSNS has gained in the construction of Dutch naval vessels are being applied.
“The launching customer assignments for the Royal Netherlands Navy ensure that this type of complex assignment is placed with us all the way from Australia. We are enormously proud to be able to carry out this project.”
Hein van Ameijden, director of DSNS in Vlissingen
The ship is slightly smaller than HNLMS Karel Doorman, but comparable in terms of steel weight. The icebreaker is intended for the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD). This government agency aims to promote Australia’s scientific, strategic and ecological interests in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. To this end, the ship will accommodate 116 scientists, plus 32 crew members. In addition to scientific research, the vessel will also be used to supply the permanent research stations in Antarctica and Macquarie Island. Should the ship get stuck in the ice, supplies will be on board to ensure survival for six months.
RSV Nuyina has been towed from Galati to Vlissingen, where she will be prepared for sea trails.The ship sailed along Vlissingen Boulevard late Friday night/early Saturday morning on her way to Damen’s yard. The ship will be delivered in 2021, after which she will operate from her homeport of Hobart in Tasmania, where AAD headquarters is located.