Serco Group subsidiaryÂ DMS Maritime has landedÂ an estimated $234 million contract from Australia’sÂ environment department to lead efforts to design, build, operate and maintain an icebreaker ship for research work in the Antarctic region.
Serco said Thursday the contract includes four years of design and construction work, 10 years of full operations and maintenance as well as four five-year extension options.
DMS Maritime has selectedÂ subcontractor Damen Schelde Naval ShipbuildingÂ to constructÂ the icebreaker.
Mark Irwin, CEO of Serco Asia Pacific, said the contract works to support the company’s market presence in Australia’s Tasmania state and its portfolio of projectÂ management and vessel support services for the marineÂ sector.
The icebreaker research and supply vessel will replace Aurora Australis and work to supportÂ extended access to the Southern Ocean and Antarctic region through a projected 30-yearÂ service life, Serco noted.
SercoÂ added the ship will be designed to houseÂ laboratory facilities and deliverÂ cargo, equipment and personnel to Australia’s three permanent research stations in Antarctica and one station in Macquarie Island.
The ship will be built toÂ accommodate up to 34 DMS Maritime crew,Â 116 AAD scientific personnel,Â four helicopters, two landing craft and a science tender.