Antarctic and Southern Ocean stories
PM unveils new ice-breaker
The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, released details of Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker in October during his first visit to Tasmania since taking over the national leadership. Speaking in Hobart, Mr Turnbull said the sophisticated ship, believed to carry a $500 million price tag, would offer scientists unprecedented and extended access to the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. The new ship will be faster, larger and stronger than the ageing Aurora Australis and will be capable of longer voyages. The unnamed ship will be built by icebreaker specialists in the northern hemisphere, but a shipyard has not yet been named.
3 November 2015, Edition 166