The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) has selected MAN Diesel & Turbo as its engine supplier for installation on icebreakers and supply and research vessels. The main engines selected are two 16V 32/44 CR motors, both producing 9,600 kW. These engines were chosen for their high reliability and economy – which are characteristics of particular importance in demanding operating conditions, which include temperatures below -30 degrees Celsius, as well as expeditions of extended duration. The icebreaker, designed by Danish marine research company Knud E. Hansen, is produced by Serco Defense, while the first subcontractor is DMS Maritime. The handover of the vessel to AAD is scheduled for April 2020. The new icebreaker will succeed the old research vessel “Aurora Australis” and will have higher cargo capacity, increased durability and operational flexibility, high environmental standards, as well as state-of-the-art research, rescue and supply capabilities. work.