The new Australian icebreaker being built for service in the Antarctic is to be named Nuyina, meaning Southern Lights in palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aborigines.
The Southern Lights are also known as Aurora Australis, which is the name of the 6,574gt 1990-built icebreaker currently in service and which will be replaced by the Nuyina.
The name, pronounced noy-yee-nah, was chosen in the Government ‘Name Our Icebreaker’ competition among secondary schools.
The winning students were from St Virgil’s College in Hobart, Tasmania, and Secret Harbour Primary School near Perth in West Australia. As part of the prize, 12 of the students will become the first children to fly to and set foot on Antarctica under the Australian Antarctic programme.
The Nuyina is being built by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding at its yard in Galatz, Romania, and will enter service in 2020.