Rendering of the Antartic design shipDMS Maritime, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Serco Australia, has been chosen by the Australian Government as the preferred bidder to build a new research and supply icebreaker vessel for the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) of the Department of the Environment.

Under the proposed deal, DMS Maritime’s subcontractor Romania-based Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding will design and build the 156m long ship, which will replace the Aurora Australis, 6,574gt, built by Carrington Slipways Pte Ltd, Newcastle, NSW, in 1990 for P&O Maritime Services management.

DMS Maritime will operate and maintain the ship in support of the Australian Antarctic programme and she is expected to supply cargo, equipment and personnel to Australia’s three permanent research stations within its Antarctic territory as well as its research station on Macquarie Island.

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