The Australian Antarctic Division has moved swiftly to adjust its shipping plans for the 2022-23 season with Icebreaker RSV Nuyina unlikely to be in service due to a delay in receiving spare parts.
RSV Nuyina is currently in Singapore for scheduled maintenance. The ship arrived in Singapore in April and was due back in Hobart in October.
The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) and the ship’s operator Serco have been resolving issues and making repairs as part of the normal commissioning process during the warranty period. AAD Director Kim Ellis said the works included improvements to the hydraulic control system within the propulsion system clutches.
Two additional vessels, Icebreaker Aiviq and an ice-strengthened Cargo ship Happy Dynamic, have been secured for the upcoming season to transport critical cargo and bring expeditioners home.
Australian Antarctic Division first chartered the Aiviq for the 2021/22 season. The ship undertook two voyages south, refueling Davis and Mawson and assisting with resupply and changeover of expeditioner teams. The Aiviq (picture above) will form a large part of the 2022-23 shipping season, with RSV Nuyina’s return from maintenance delayed due to a delay in receiving spare parts.