Australia’s next‐generation Antarctic Icebreaker

ASRV - Australia’s next‐generation Antarctic Icebreaker

Alewijnse Marine has won a landmark order for the full electrical installation on board the Government of Australia’s new, world‐beating Antarctic icebreaker. The Antarctic Supply and Research Vessel (ASRV) will be the centerpiece of the Australian Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan and have an operational life of at least 30 years. The icebreaker ASRV is the main lifeline to Australia’s Antarctic and sub‐Antarctic research stations and the central platform for its Antarctic and Southern Ocean scientific research.


The state‐of‐the‐art,156‐metre vessel is a ‘once‐in‐a‐generation’ investment for the Australian Government and will be exceptional for its complexity and sophistication. As well as being equipped for operations in the most extreme conditions, it will also require all the electrical systems necessary to service 500m² of laboratory and office facilities for its research activities, as well as a wide range of scientific equipment for sub‐surface exploration. It will also have climate‐controlled accommodation for up to 32 crew and 116 personnel.

Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding

The contract was awarded by lead contractor Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in Vlissingen, The Netherlands. Under its terms Alewijnse will be responsible for the engineering, delivery and installation of the vessel’s entire electrical installation, including the main power installation, the propulsion and thruster control systems and the integrated platform management system.

Systems design and engineering

The build and outfitting will take place at Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania. Several Alewijnse business units will support Alewijnse Marine Galati at the Damen yard. Work is now underway at Alewijnse on the systems design and engineering in partnership with Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS).

DMS Maritime

Once she is completed, the yet to be named ASRV will sail to DSNS in the Netherlands for handover to DMS Maritime, the prime contract representing the Australian Antarctic Division. This is scheduled for April 2020.


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