The Australian Antarctic Division will use the MPV Everest to resupply its Antarctic stations and sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island next summer.
The Ice-Class Multi-purpose vessel is operated by Dutch company Maritime Construction Services, and is capable of navigating in ice up to 1 metre thick.
AAD General Manager of Operations and Safety, Charlton Clark, said the end of the Aurora Australis’ contract and the delayed arrival of Australia’s new icebreaker RSV Nuyina, means an alternative ship had to be contracted.
“The MPV Everest was selected after a call for proposals and was identified as providing the best value for money,” Mr Clark said.
“The 140 meters long ship was built in 2017 and will be used for a minimum of 90 days next Antarctic summer season.”
Thanks and credit to AAD
Read more at: http://www.antarctica.gov.au/news/2020/new-plan-for-australian-antarctic-shipping?fbclid=IwAR3pLJ3fRLaYaj-5x83Hmaxk2O9BqrSXZQdS5E6A0T922V1hEcbIslZzzvk
We’ll be looking forward working MPV Everest on HF Ham bands, sometimes when in operation on the Antarctic or Sub-Antarctic waters! For sure, a brand new /MM station to add to the WAP-WADA score!