Antarctic re-supply vessels “Aurora Australis” and “L’Astrolabe” are based in Hobart and during summer months undertake voyages into the Southern Ocean for scientific research, transport of personnel, and restocking the Australian and French bases in Antarctica. During their winter lay-up periods maintenance and refit programmes are undertaken by Taylor Bros to ensure the vessels meet survey standards, and are well prepared for the following summer season. Work is scheduled by both owners and charterers and includes installation of scientific equipment specific to the success of the forthcoming voyages.
Main and diesel engines and auxiliary equipment, cranes and winches are all overhauled and repaired, and upgrades are undertaken in accommodation, mess and galley, and recreation spaces, and scientific laboratories..
The recent introduction of flights from Hobart and between bases has necessitated construction of living quarters for personnel and transiting passengers, at base camps and airfields. and new mess, living and ablutions blocks have been fitted out. Increased accommodation for Davis and Casey bases and the Wilkins airfield have been built using structurally modified shipping containers outfitted as cabin accommodation with full facilities. Ablutions blocks and mess and galley blocks have also been provided.