Australian parliament had decided to invest more resources towards their Antarctic program. To this end, the construction of a new icebreaker was decided earlier this year. To engage the population and increase popularity of its Antarctic program, the government also decided to start a school competition for naming Australia’s new Antarctic flagship.

Young Australians are being given the opportunity to name the sophisticated new Antarctic resupply and research vessel. Photo: Australian Antarctic Division
Young Australians are being given the opportunity to name the sophisticated new Antarctic resupply and research vessel. Photo: Australian Antarctic Division

An Antarctic experience of a lifetime is on offer for Australian students who win a national competition to name the nation’s new icebreaker vessel, with a flight to Antarctica on offer to the winning entry. Minister for the Environment, Josh Frydenberg MP, made the announcement at a school in Melbourne at the beginning of May. Up to 12 students will fly to Antarctica for a day and Hawthorn West Primary School students were excited to hear that they could become the first children to fly to Antarctica and land on the continent as part of the Australian Antarctic Program.

The winning students will fly from Hobart to Australia’s Wilkins Aerodrome. Photo: Stuart Shaw
The winning students will fly from Hobart to Australia’s Wilkins Aerodrome. Photo: Stuart Shaw

The ‘Name our Icebreaker’ competition has two categories: primary (years 5 and 6) and secondary (years 7 and 8) with classes able to enter their suggested name in a written or video format. The competition will give young Australians the opportunity to name the sophisticated new Antarctic resupply and research vessel which will shape the future of Australia’s Antarctic Program.

Minister Frydenberg announces the details of the Name our Icebreaker competition to students at Hawthorn West Primary School. Photo: Jill Brown
Minister Frydenberg announces the details of the Name our Icebreaker competition to students at Hawthorn West Primary School. Photo: Jill Brown

The icebreaker will be more than 156 metres long and accommodate 116 expeditioners. It will be equipped with an array of cutting-edge scientific equipment including a moon pool, multi-beam bathymetric echo sounders, hydrophones and underwater cameras.

The ship will be equipped with an array of cutting-edge scientific equipment including a moon pool, multi-beam bathymetric and scientific echo sounders, hydrophones and underwater cameras. Photo: Eliza Grey
The ship will be equipped with an array of cutting-edge scientific equipment including a moon pool, multi-beam bathymetric and scientific echo sounders, hydrophones and underwater cameras. Photo: Eliza Grey

Source: Australian Antarctic Division