“RSV Nuyina has been designed to meet the bespoke needs of AAD, resulting in the vessel having a higher degree of windage – that is the surface area of the ship that is exposed to the force of wind. It is critical that we understand how the vessel will respond in a range of conditions that will then determine appropriate safe operating parameters for a bridge transit. This work is highly complex and takes time.
“TasPorts is committed to upholding the highest standards of maritime safety and will continue to work collaboratively with the AAD as risk assessments continue and determinations are made regarding the most appropriate and efficient refuelling option for the new icebreaker at the Port of Hobart,” Mr Donald said.
Longer term, TasPorts is pursuing an ambitious growth agenda for the Port of Hobart and earlier this year announced a major multi-million-dollar initiative to redevelop Macquarie Wharfs. The initiative was subsequently included on Infrastructure Australia’s Priority List 2021 signalling its national significance.
“The initiative will actively support world-class Antarctic exploration and scientific research whilst also enabling growth in well-established key trade areas over a 30-year horizon,” Mr Donald said.