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Vessel Data and Contact Information for the
Aurora Australis

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Main Activities
Capacities & Workspaces
Range, Speed, Endurance
DP Equipment
CTD Specs
Coring Specs
Underwater Vehicles
Diving Capabilities
Engineering Design
Navigation & Communications
Acoustics & Profiling
Winches, Gantries & Cranes
Country: Australia

NODC Code:

    Call Sign: VNAA
Owner: Antarctic Shipping Pty Ltd
Operator: P&O Polar Australia Pty Ltd
Address: GPO Box 1720
Hobart, Tasmania, 7001
Telephone: 61 (03) 6224 0666
Fax: 61 (03) 6224 0053
Year Built: Unknown
Ship URL: Link to Ship Home Page

Ship Schedule URL:


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Main Dimensions

  Length OA: 94.91  m
  Breadth: 20.3  m
  Freeboard to working deck: 2.586  m
  Max. draft: 7.862  m

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Main Vessel Activity

  Main Activity:
  Operating Area:
  Navy Grids Supported:

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Capacities and Working Spaces

  Gross tonnage: 6574  GRT
  Dry cargo holds: Unknown
  Fuel: Unknown
  Wet Labs Area: Unknown
  Dry Lab Area: Unknown
  Fresh Water
 Storage Capacity:
  Fresh Water Generator Capacity: Unknown
  Scientific Clean Water Generation: Unknown
  Free Working Deck Area: Unknown
  Space for container lab: Unknown
  Radioactive Isotope Work Areas: Unknown

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Range, Speed and Endurance

  Range: Unknown
  Cruising Speed: 13  kts.
  Max. Speed: 16.8  kts.
  Endurance: Unknown

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  Officers: Unknown
  Other crew: Unknown
  Scientists: Unknown
  Air Conditioned: Unknown

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Data Processing Equipment:

  Computers: Unknown
  Printing/Plotting: Unknown

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CTD Specifications:

  CTD Aboard: Yes
  CTD Type: Neil Brown Mk3B upgraded to WOCE standard
  CTD Tow able: Unknown
  CTD Oxygen Sensing: Yes
  CTD Transmissivity: Unknown
  CTD Fluormeter: Yes
  CTD Rosette: General Oceanics w/12 or 24 ind. 10 liter bottles

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Coring Specifications:

  Coring Capabilities Aboard: Unknown
  Grab Sampler: Unknown
  Box Corer: Unknown
  Gravity Corer: Unknown
  Piston Corer: Unknown
  Multi Corer: Unknown

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Underwater Vehicle Capabilities:

  Underwater Vehicle Support: Unknown
  ROVs: Unknown
  AUVs: Unknown
  Submersibles: Unknown

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Diving Support:

  Diving Capabilities: Unknown

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Engineering Design Particulars


Ice Breaking Ability:

1.23m of 1st yr 500kPa level ice at 2.5kts

Hull Materials:

  Dynamic Positioning Ability: Unknown
  Engines: Main engine(s): number:  Unknown   make:  Unknown
Power (BHP) each engine:  Unknown

Propeller Diameter:  Unknown
  m Max. RPM:   Unknown
Total power auxiliary diesels:  Unknown
  Electrical Systems:  


 Voltages: Unknown
     kVA: Unknown
    Phases: Unknown



Stabilized System:  Unknown  VAC  Unknown  AMPs   Unknown  Hz



  Unknown   Volts with  Unknown  Volts Max


Fixed Equipment

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Navigation and Communication:

  Navigational Equipment: Pitch and roll sensors, Gyro draft log
  Communications Equipment: Unknown
  Satellite Communications Equipment: Unknown
  GPS: Ashtech 3DF GPS, Koden GPS, DGPS

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Acoustics and Profiling:

  Echosounders: 12kHz, 38kHz, 120kHz, 200kHz
  Sonar Type: two Simrad EK500s
  Sea Surface Mapping System: Unknown
  Side Scanning: Unknown
  Multibeam: Unknown
  Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler: Unknown
  Silent Ship Operations: Unknown

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  Winches: Unknown  
    Steel Wire Length: Unknown  safe working load:  Unknown
    Conducting Cable Length:  Unknown , safe working load:  Unknown
    Trawl winch length:  Unknown , safe working load:  Unknown
    Other Winches:
      Length:  Unknown , safe working load:  Unknown
  Gantry: Position: Unknown

Clearance above deck:  Unknown , and outboard extension:  Unknown


Safe working load at maximum reach:  Unknown

  Crane: Position: Unknown

Clearance above deck:  Unknown  and outboard extension:  Unknown


Safe working load at maximum reach:  Unknown

  Other:   Unknown

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Vessel Construction and Maintenance Supervision

  Construction Supervised by: Unknown
  Classification Society: 100A1, LMC, UMS, DP(CM), 1A SUPER ICEBREAKER
  Others, Specify: Unknown
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