Welcome home Australia’s new icebreaker RSV Nuyina

A pivotal moment in Australian Antarctic history will be achieved this weekend as we welcome the nation’s new icebreaker, RSV Nuyina, to Hobart.

RSV Nuyina  has unparalleled scientific, cargo and icebreaking capability to explore one of the last frontiers on Earth.  The ship will support the cutting-edge science of the Australian Antarctic Program  and resupply Australia's Antarctic research stations. The impressive 160-metre vessel provides a world-class scientific platform for Antarctic researchers, with cutting-edge equipment to study the depths of the Southern Ocean, the sea-ice and the upper atmosphere.

Explore RSV Nuyina’s specifications

Nuyina, pronounced noy-yee-nah, means ‘southern lights’ in palawa kani, the language of the Tasmanian Aboriginal people.

RSV Nuyina will be based in Hobart, the gateway to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, and will provide significant economic opportunities for Tasmanian businesses over its 30-year life span.

The vessel will operate in integration with our ocean research vessel (RV) Investigator, working together to study our amazing oceans from tropical climes right down to the edge of the Antarctic continent.

RSV Nuyina is scheduled to arrive in the Derwent River around 7am and berth at Macquarie Wharf around 10 am on Saturday 16 October (all times AEDT). 

RSV Nuyina arrival day gallery

RSV Nuyina arrives in Hobart on Saturday 16 October. Image: RVI livestream.

Visit the RSV Nuyina website to see videos and images of Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker, RSV Nuyina, arriving in its home port of Hobart, Tasmania on Saturday 16 October 2021.

RSV Nuyina arrival day gallery