The Antarctic Aurora Naming Ceremony, held this afternoon at Princes Wharf, was attended by Senator Jonathon Duniam, Senator Eric Abetz, representatives from CCAMLR, AAD , CSIRO and other invited guests.

With a focus on the environment this vessel has some state of the art design features on board including; a moon pool hauling system and underwater setting chute that between them almost completely negate the risk of seabirds incidentally being caught, diesel electric propulsion system that significantly reduces the amount of fuel burned, inbuilt micro fibre filtration systems and large rubbish holding bins and fish offal tanks that ensures all waste is held on board.

Just as important, however, are the numerous features that maximise the safety, well being and comfort of crew and Observers including a gymnasium and sauna, hospital, every cabin with its own ensuite and wifi throughout the vessel. Additionally fish handling systems have been developed as a first for toothfish vessels that enhance fish quality and vessel unloading systems made more efficient by enabling product to come off already palletized and labelled for direct access to the markets.