Aurora Australis (icebreaker)
|MV Aurora Australis|
|Builder:||Carrington Slipways, Newcastle, Australia|
|Launched:||18 September 1989|
|In service:||30 March 1990|
1700 cbm for break bulk and/or containerised cargo|
1 Mega litres of supply fuel tank capacity
|Aircraft carried:||Up to three helicopters|
The Aurora Australis is an icebreaker under the command of the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD). Designed as a multi-purpose research and resupply ship, it was built by P&O Polar and launched in September 1989.
The Aurora Australis is chartered by the AAD over the southern summer, and spends most winters in port in Hobart, Tasmania, as the AAD headquarters is in Kingston, Tasmania, near Hobart. P&O sometimes charter the ship for other work during winter.
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