The vessel was manoeuvred 250 metres to a quayside berth where the construction and outfitting process will take place. Damen is building the 160-metre long ASRV on behalf of the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy.

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The ship has been designed with a multi-mission role in mind, as it aims to keep Australia’s three permanent research stations on the Antarctic continent and its research station on Macquarie Island supplied with cargo, equipment and personnel. Additionally, it will serve as a fully equipped research laboratory facility for up to 116 scientific staff.

Construction of the vessel started in August 2017, while the build process has reached the fourth deck level. Now, construction will continue with the positioning of pre-fabricated superstructure blocks, bringing the finished vessel to its full 10-deck height of just over 50 metres.