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Tasmanian builder signed up for icebreaking barges

Thursday, 09 Nov 2017

Taylor Bros of Tasmania has been contracted by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding to build two icebreaking barges that will be deployed to supply and service Australia’s new icebreaker, the RSV Nuyina, which is currently under construction at Damen Shipyards in Galati, Romania and due for delivery in 2020.

Signing the contract: Peter Gutwein (Tasmanian Minister for State Growth), Magiel Venema (Damen Australia Project Director), Greg Taylor (Taylor Bros), Phillip Taylor (Taylor Bros)

The vessel, which will be operated by DMS Maritime, a wholly owned subsidiary of Serco, will fulfil certain key functions in the Australian Antarctic Division’s (AAD) continuing research programme in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.
To be designed, engineered and built by Taylor Bros and its local workforce, the two high-powered landing barges will carry 45.5-tonne trucks from ship to shore on a continuous basis, giving the RSV Nuyina an unprecedented capability for unloading and reloading. Construction of the barges is also due for completion in 2020 when the RSV Nuiyna will replace the AAD’s current vessel, the Aurora Australis.  
The 156m RSV Nuyina will be capable of breaking ice of up to 1.65m thickness at speeds of three knots and will be used to supply Australia’s research stations in Antartica and Macquarie Island. With a large laboratory and office facilities, the vessel will have a maritime crew of 32 personnel, as well as up to 116 scientific personnel from the AAD.
Roland Briene, Damen’s area director Asia Pacific, said: “This contract with Taylor Bros demonstrates Damen’s strong conviction in the maxim ‘think global, act local’. Taylor Bros was a natural choice for this contract, having delivered a number of projects to the AAD previously. Tasmania in general has an excellent reputation for being one of the most effective manufacturing, supply and support bases for Antarctic research.”