Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis returns home from final operational voyage

Aurora Australis (Photo: Australian Antarctic Division/Doug Thost)

The Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis has arrived into its homeport of Hobart for the final time after more than 30 years of service under the Australian Antarctic Program.

The vessel reached Hobart on the morning (local time) of Monday, March 30, as it returned from its final operational voyage, a resupply expedition to sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island.

Pending the arrival of the new icebreaker Nuyina, the Australian Antarctic Division is finalising negotiations with another company to provide an interim vessel for resupply missions for a minimum of 90 days.

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