Ice breaker visit a unique opportunity

Australian Maritime University


First-year marine engineering students had the chance to see the inner workings of a ship first-hand during a tour of the Antarctic research vessel Aurora Australis. 

Former AMC student, and now Chief Engineer, Matt Williams took the eleven lucky students on a guided tour of the ship and its engine room.

Deputy Head of Maritime Training (Marine Engineering) Gamini Lokuketagoda said that, while it was often logistically difficult to arrange ship visits, the benefits were substantial.

“The main purpose of ship visits is to show our students, most of whom are Year 12 school leavers, the inner workings of a large ship, often for the first time,’’ Mr Lokuketagoda said.

He said while there usually at least one ship visit scheduled for students during their first year of training, this one had been particularly unique.

“While this research vessel is not very large, it is very special.

“There are over 60,000 large merchant ships in the world, but there are very few 'ice breaker' class ships like the Aurora Australis.”

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