Australia’s new Antarctic flagship, the most advanced research vessel of its type in the world, is in the final stages of its maiden Southern Ocean voyage to Hobart.
The RSV Nuyina, a 160m long state of the art science facility and supply vessel is around 500 kilometres (310nm) west of the southern tip of Tasmania, still outside of Australian waters.
With about 1,000 kilometres to travel the Nuyina is expected to head into the Derwent early Saturday morning (October 16).
Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said that the Nuyina represents a $1.9 billion commitment to Antarctic science and exploration over its 30-year life span, including a $529 million build cost.
“Saturday will be a landmark day for Australia’s scientific community and for our Antarctic expeditioners,” Minister Ley said.
“The Nuyina is a spectacular vessel and her arrival in Hobart will mark a new highpoint in Australia’s proud tradition of Antarctic science and exploration.
“From the moment the ship arrives work will commence preparing for her first journey south later this year and her final commissioning.”