Australia announces construction of new icebreaker and more funds for Antarctic research| glObserver Global Economics

Upon its commissioning, planned for October 2019, the custom-built ship will be home ported in Hobart, providing a modern platform for marine science research in both sea ice and open water and a moon pool for launching and retrieving remotely operated vehicles.

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The new icebreaker will be faster (maximum speed of 16 knots, cruising speed of 12 knots), larger (156 meters long, with capacity to carry 96 containers), stronger (1.65-meter icebreaking capacity) and offer increased endurance compared with the Aurora Australis which has been in service in the Southern Ocean since 1989.

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