Changing of the guard
RSV Nuyina brings enhanced icebreaking and resupply capabilities to Australia’s Antarctic program.Read More
And now for some science stuff
21 September 2021 – 24.2°S, 3.8°E – 5853 km travelled
Nuyina is jam packed with state-of-the-art science equipment and we can't wait to show you this research toolkit throughout the remainder of the voyage and beyond.
To whet your appetite, here's a sneak peek at some of the facilities we will be showcasing in our upcoming features.
G’day Ascension Island
16 September 2021 – 7.3°S, 14.6°W – 4347 km travelled
Having seen nothing but water for several days the landmark starved voyagers were very happy indeed to pass by beautiful Ascension Island, 1600 km off the coast of Africa. Turns out the Ascension Islanders were just as happy to see Nuyina, posting photos of the ship from shore and plenty of well wishes on their local Facebook page.
One for your bucket list?
14 September 2021 – 0.7°N, 18.9°W – 3799 km travelled
Crossing the equator is a big deal in maritime circles and has been celebrated by mariners for centuries. Our lucky voyagers crossed the line on 13th August 2021, earning themselves a certificate from none other than King Neptune. Designed by artist Coral Tulloch especially for the occasion, it officially marks the transition from the northern to southern hemisphere. The event was celebrated with a special dip in Nuyina’s moon pool on the marine science deck. And in case you were wondering, the water was warm!
Disco lights are go!
12 September 2021 – 8.4°N, 23.6°W – 3240 km travelled
Disco diva RSV Nuyina shows off its sparkling helideck lights as it cruises near the equator. Helicopters form a crucial part of our Antarctic station resupply capabilities and are used regularly for science in the field.
Introducing Nuyina’s drop keels
10 September 2021 – 20.0°N, 22.9°W – 2520 km travelled
Senior Science Systems Engineer Angus Cummings has inspected Nuyina’s two drop keels from all angles. The drop keels are an important element of the ship's incredible science capabilities and house acoustic instruments to map the seafloor or detect schools of krill and fish. The keels can be ‘dropped’ or lowered 3 metres below the hull, into a quiet, bubble-free zone beneath the ship, allowing the acoustic instruments to better detect their targets. Keep an eye out for more detailed information on the drop keels scientific capabilities soon.
Taking advantage of a planned stop
8 September 2021 – 27.1°N, 15.5°W – 1926 km travelled
During a planned stop at Las Palmas in the Canary Islands, our intrepid photographer Pete jumped on board a smaller boat. He managed to capture these speccy pictures of the bigger ship looking all shiny and new at sea!
Jumping for joy
5 September 2021 – 39.8°N, 11.7°W – 1104 km travelled
Nuyina’s capabilities will be subject to ongoing trials throughout the delivery voyage and beyond. Senior Science Systems Engineers Angus Cummings and Camille Couzi were just a little bit excited when they achieved this major milestone – having live instrument data from the ship appearing for the very first time on the Science Data Management System known as DiRT (Data in Real Time)! Woo-hoooo!
Full steam ahead
2 September 2021 – 50.5°N, 0.1°W – 249 km travelled
“There’ll be blue birds over, the white cliffs of Dover”. Nuyina is powering through the English Channel and Bay of Biscay enroute to Hobart, but this is not the ship’s first time in these waters. During trials earlier in the year, Nuyina bumped in to its British Antarctic Survey counterpart RSS David Attenborough. Both ships showed off their best side as they gave each other a friendly ‘once over’.
Nuyina is on its way!
31 August 2021 – 51.5°N, 3.6°E – 0 km travelled
Australia’s new state of the art icebreaker set sail from Vlissingen in the Netherlands on 31st August 2021, heading south to the ship’s new home port of Hobart, Tasmania. The 24,000km delivery voyage will take the crew on board past the coast of West Africa, across the equator, around the Cape of Good Hope and finally to Hobart. We can’t wait to see Nuyina heading up the River Derwent in mid-October.
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