Yesterday we were able to bring you news of Professor Colin Woodroffe’s research voyage to Ball’s Pyramid, onboard Australia’s Marine National Facility Research Vessel, Southern Surveyor.
The team, led by Professor Woodroffe from the University of Wollongong, which included researchers from Geoscience Australia, has been filming the ancient relics of coral reefs formed around 8000 years ago, around a remnant volcano in the Lord Howe Island Marine Park that sits within the new Lord Howe Commonwealth Marine Reserve.
Today we can show you some of the video footage from 30 metres below the ocean’s surface, near Ball’s Pyramid, which is part of the marine park.
[An underwater camera is towed by Australia's Marine National Facility research vessel, Southern Surveyor. The camera captures images of sea whips and the seafloor]
[An underwater camera is towed by Australia's Marine National Facility research vessel, Southern Surveyor. The camera captures images of the seafloor which is made up of ancient corals and an angel fish swims past]
[An underwater camera is towed by Australia's Marine National Facility research vessel, Southern Surveyor. The camera captures images of the seafloor which drops away from the camera and small fish swim past]
THIS MEDIA RELEASE WAS ISSUED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG ON 6 MARCH 2013.
New underwater footage allows researchers to time travel 8000 years
Researchers from the University of Wollongong and Geoscience Australia have been filming the ancient relics of coral reefs formed around 8000 years ago, around a remnant volcano in the Lord Howe Island Marine Park, which sits within the new Lord Howe Commonwealth Marine Reserve.
Onboard Australia’s Marine National Facility research vessel, Southern Surveyor, the team led by Marine Geologist, Professor Colin Woodroffe, has been mapping and taking samples in shallow waters around Ball’s Pyramid, 600 kilometres east of Australia’s mainland.
“We have been able to map large sections of the seafloor in the shallower areas around the pyramid,” Professor Colin Woodroffe said, “and discovered that coral flourished there in the past.”
This research is a further collaboration between the University of Wollongong, Geoscience Australia, the NSW Department of Primary Industries and the managers of the Lord Howe Island Marine Park. The researchers are working closely with the park managers to ensure that the results of the study can be incorporated into future management and monitoring plans.
Geoscience Australia Geologist, Dr Brendan Brooke said the ancient coral system indicates that around 8000 years ago the sea level was about 30 metres lower than it is today.
“The seafloor samples collected here will help us understand how coral reefs responded to changes in ocean temperature thousands of years ago, and can provide an insight into how today’s reefs may respond to current and future environmental changes” Dr Brooke said.
The underwater video of the fossilised reef provides further information about the seabed habitats of the Lord Howe Island Marine Park. Interpreting the habitats is a part of a doctoral thesis that will be undertaken by Michelle Linklater, from the University of Wollongong, in collaboration with the Marine Park Authority.
Here are some photos from the research voyage.
THIS MEDIA RELEASE WAS ISSUED BY ROBYN PARKER MP, MINISTER FOR HERITAGE
Wreck of the Limerick sunk by the Japanese in 1943 found off Ballina
One of NSW’s wartime mysteries has at last been solved with the discovery of the wreckage of the MV Limerick off Ballina on the NSW far north coast, Heritage Minister Robyn Parker announced today.
Ms Parker said that while a lot is known about the sinking of the MV Limerick in 1943, it has taken almost 70 years and the opportunistic use of Australia’s Marine National Facility research vessel, Southern Surveyor, to identify the ship’s final location.
“Limerick was one of the largest vessels sunk by Japanese submarines off Australia’s east coast during their offensive submarine patrols through 1942 and 1943,” Ms Parker said.
“Local fishermen using modern depth sonars identified a large shipwreck in about 100 metres of water some 18 kilometres off the coast late last year.
“Following their discovery, NSW Water Police assisted the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) in an initial survey of the deep site with a side scan sonar but due to bad weather they were unable to conclusively identify the shipwreck as being Limerick.”
OEH then approached Australia’s Marine National Facility (AMNF), which operates Australia’s ocean-going research vessel, the 66-metre Southern Surveyor.
Owned and operated by the CSIRO and funded by the Commonwealth, AMNF is a research facility which is available to all Australian scientists and their international collaborators.
“The team at AMNF were contacted by OEH and coincidentally a research voyage was already scheduled to operate in the suspected wreck area. OEH approached the lead scientist on board to see if they could assist in locating the wreck,” Ms Parker said.
The research voyage, led by University of Sydney geologist, Associate Professor Tom Hubble, left Brisbane on 18 January to conduct geological research along the continental slope and shelf between Yamba and Fraser Island.
In the lead up to identifying the Limerick, the Southern Surveyor’s research team found evidence of large submarine landslides that had the potential to generate a tsunami.
A landslide can be triggered by a moderately large and shallow earthquake measuring more than 6.5 or 7 on the Richter Magnitude Scale, an event which might happen once every 5,000-10,000 years.
“When the team at AMNF contacted me to see if we could locate the wreck from on board Southern Surveyor we were pleased to assist,” Dr Hubble said.
“Confirming the wreck as MV Limerick is in the national interest. We were already in the area, we had the necessary technology and technical expertise and in the end it didn’t take long to create a 3-D image of the wreck.
“It was amazing to see the seafloor images come to life through Southern Surveyor’s sea floor mapping technology which transformed the data into a 3-D graphic of the ship wreck”.
The Minister for the North Coast, Mr Don Page, said the New Zealand-owned Limerick was part of a coastal wartime convoy from Sydney to Brisbane when struck by a torpedo at night on ANZAC Day, sinking the next morning on 26 April 1943.
“Four other vessels in the convoy survived, including the two naval minesweeper escorts, HMAS Colac and Ballarat. Seventy survivors were pulled from the water over many hours,” Mr Page said.
“Two of Limerick’s crew were killed after jumping into the sea, including NSW resident and the ship’s third officer Mr John Edgar Willmott of Edgeroi and a New Zealand national.
“This is a reminder of the huge sacrifice paid by merchant seamen during the war on the home front keeping food, materials and supplies going.”
Ms Parker said OEH was consulting with the NSW Office of Veterans’ Affairs in order to notify next of kin.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the local fishermen, Forfar Petrie and Neville Poynting, for reporting this site as soon as they realised it was of possible historic value,” Ms Parker said.
“We are also grateful to Dr Hubble for offering his valuable research time in order to positively identify the wreck as the MV Limerick.”
Nearly three years ago a 10-year-old Queensland primary school student beat the rush of entries in a national competition, to find a name for Australia’s new Marine National Facility research vessel.
The Federal Minister for Science deemed Clare Cameron’s entry, The Flinders Investigator, the joint winner, as it linked the planned $120 million research vessel, to Australia’s maritime history – Matthew Flinders first circumnavigated the continent in His Majesty’s sloop, Investigator.
The new state-of-the-art 93.9 metre vessel has been named, Investigator and is under construction. The vessel will herald a new era in marine and atmospheric research for Australian scientists when it arrives in late 2013.
The new vessel provides a huge leap forward in capability, as the current research vessel, Southern Surveyor, can accommodate 15 scientists and travel up to 28 days at sea, while Investigator will accommodate 40 scientists and travel for up to 60 days.
While Southern Surveyor is in Brisbane for a short port period, prior to its next research voyage, we have invited Clare Cameron and her family, who live in Runaway Bay, to tour the ship and meet the team of Australian and international scientists, who will have returned from their research voyage in the Coral Sea.
The Chief Scientist onboard, Dr Maria Seton, from the School of Geosciences at the University of Sydney, and her team have been working in a little explored region between the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia, taking rock samples from the ridges and plateaus at depths of up to 3.5 km. They have also mapped about 8000 kilometres of seafloor under their voyage track and taken gravity and magnetic data.
“This data will help us to better understand the type of crust that underlies the region, and the age of these basins, and will give us a more complete geologic and tectonic history of the area during the last one hundred million years,” Dr Maria Seton said.
“We are trying to understand what’s going on in this part of the world, by mapping what we call hotspots, which are a series of extinct underwater volcanoes and this fundamental research helps us to determine how the Australian continent has moved.”
“We believe on this voyage we may have found remnants of the Australian continent, which would have splintered from mainland Australia, when eastern Gondwana starting breaking apart. It will be at least a year before our hypotheses can be confirmed.”
Dr Seton and her team will explain some of their findings to Clare and her family and show them rock samples taken from the deep seafloor, kilometres below the surface.
THIS MEDIA RELEASE WAS ISSUED BY CSIRO’S WEALTH FROM OCEANS FLAGSHIP 25 SEPTEMBER 2012
CSIRO scientists will today head to the Ombai Strait and Timor Passage to collect data vital to understanding how an ocean current in the region affects Australia’s climate and weather.
Almost two years ago CSIRO oceanographers deployed moorings in one of Australia’s and globally important ocean currents, the Indonesian Throughflow, which connects the Pacific and Indian Oceans through the complex system of islands.
The moorings will be recovered, their data will be uploaded to the ship’s computers and then they will be returned to the water for a further 18 months.
Leading the research team on board Australia’s Marine National Facility research vessel Southern Surveyor, is oceanographer Dr Bernadette Sloyan who is a specialist in ocean circulation with CSIRO’s Wealth from Oceans Flagship.
“The heat and fresh water carried by the Indonesian Throughflow are known to affect both the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and so understanding the physical and chemical make-up is important for the future management of natural resource,” Dr Sloyan said.
“The current consists of several different layers that occur at different depths, which weave their way through the complex island network; where there are a variety of seabed landscapes affecting the currents, from broad shallow shelves to deep basins.”
“We know very little about how this ocean current changes across the seasons and this will be the first time we look at data from these moorings, which have been in place for two years.”
The moorings consist of sensors recording temperature, salinity, and ocean current, spanning the region from the continental margin to off-shore in water depths of over three kilometres.
These moorings are part of the Australian Government funded Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS). Given the importance of the Indonesian Throughflow to Australia’s climate, IMOS intends to undertake long-term monitoring of the two main passages.
Dr Sloyan said IMOS has provided over $1 million in funding to support this work, which will complement existing IMOS observations being collected from the Northwest shelf, Great Barrier Reef, and the East Australian Current.
The research team will also conduct oceanographic sampling and mapping work to create a three-dimensional image of the sea floor in sections of the Timor Passage and the Ombai Strait in the area of the moorings.
The work is being undertaken with the cooperation of Timor-Leste, who will have two observers on the research voyage.
Australia’s Marine National Facility research vessel, Southern Surveyor,is owned and operated by CSIRO, and is available to all Australian scientists.
A few weeks ago we told you about a group of researchers and teachers heading out from Fremantle on their way to Darwin onboard Southern Surveyor on a transit research voyage.
We’ve just been sent some photos of their voyage – which from all reports was smooth sailing through the tropical north.
The teachers and school students are working with scientists to help research the problem of marine debris around Australia. Teachwild, is a national three-year research and education program developed by Earthwatch Australia in partnership with CSIRO and Founding Partner Shell to investigate marine debris and its impacts on Australian wildlife.
Teachers have been helping to conduct marine debris surveys on board Australia’s Marine National Facility research vessel Southern Surveyor, which is owned and operated by CSIRO, and available to all Australian scientists.
Learn more about the marine debris project.
MEDIA RELEASE ISSUED BY THE INSTITUTE FOR MARINE AND ANTARCTIC STUDIES, FRIDAY 10 AUGUST 2012.
Researchers from the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania are heading to the Indian Ocean to try to understand more about how currents affect Australia’s climate and coastal waters.
IMAS Oceanographer Dr Helen Phillips is leading the team on board the Marine National Facility research vessel Southern Surveyor, which is owned and operated by CSIRO, and available to all Australian scientists.
“Surface currents bring water to the west coast of Australia all the way from Africa and feed into the Leeuwin Current, which flows south along the Western Australian coastline,” Dr Phillips said.
“We need to understand how the Indian Ocean currents influence the strength of the Leeuwin Current, and how they contribute to the nutrients available to feed commercial fisheries from Western Australia right around to Tasmania,” Dr Phillips said.
To undertake the research the team will cover 4000 nautical miles of ocean northwest of Fremantle, which is about the same distance as Melbourne to Darwin and back again!
The research team will measure the strength and size of the Indian Ocean currents at all depths, as well as the biological productivity. In addition to using instruments on board Southern Surveyor, scientists will deploy Argo floats and UTAS-funded velocity profilers, to monitor the currents long after the voyage is complete.
Collaboration between the UTAS researchers and scientists at the United States’ governmental marine research organisation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will also see a long-term mooring and 20 ocean surface drifters deployed.
The NOAA mooring is part of a global array of moored instruments designed to monitor the role of the oceans’ influence on climate. It will be deployed near 25°S to collect meteorological and oceanographic data for 12 months, and possibly further into the future.
The NOAA surface drifters are also part of a global program. They will collect and transmit data via satellite, about the circulation of the Indian Ocean and in particular the eastward flowing currents.
In 2013 Southern Surveyor will be superseded by Investigator, a new state-of-the-art 93.9-metre dedicated research vessel that will usher in a new era in marine research for Australian scientists, by more than doubling the Marine National Facilities’ ocean research capabilities.
To arrange interviews with Dr Phillips before she sails, please contact Sam East, Communications, Outreach and Marketing Manager, IMAS on (03) 6226 6683 or 0418 299 470.
MEDIA RELEASE ISSUED BY THE ANTARCTIC CLIMATE & ECOSYSTEMS COOPERATIVE RESEARCH CENTRE 11 JULY 2012
Australia’s Marine National Facility research vessel, Southern Surveyor, returns to the Southern Ocean this week in a pilot project to measure the air-sea exchange of heat, moisture, carbon dioxide and oxygen in the sub-Antarctic ocean, and at the same time to test the continuing ability of moored instruments to withstand the roughest ocean conditions anywhere
Managed by CSIRO, Southern Surveyor will deploy three moored measuring systems to be anchored at a depth of nearly five kilometres, or four times the height of Hobart’s Mt Wellington, about 580km south-west of Tasmania.
The moorings form part of the Australian Government funded Integrated Marine Observing System, providing enhanced monitoring in the Southern Ocean.
The moored instruments include a $1m weather station (managed by the Bureau of Meteorology), a specialist biogeochemical sensor and sampler mooring developed by CSIRO, and a deep sea sinking particle flux mooring provided by the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre.
The voyage’s Chief Scientist, Professor Tom Trull, from CSIRO, the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania , said the project was the only one of its type in the Southern Ocean.
“While the Southern Ocean plays a significant role in the global climate system, there is a paucity of sustained observations in this harsh and remote region. These high quality observations are a valuable contribution to understanding ocean processes that contribute to climate variability.
“The ability of the ocean to soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and remove it to ocean depths is a natural process but the rate of that exchange and its influence on other chemical and biological properties in the ocean is now a central climate science question.
Bureau of Meteorology engineer, Eric Schultz, and Chief Scientist, Tom Trull, with the $1m weather station being deployed in the Southern Ocean as part of a project. The station is one of three moorings being deployed in the sub-Antarctic.
“We know the sub-Antarctic ocean is a hotspot for uptake of carbon dioxide and deployment of these mooring systems over the next 18 months will give us an insight into changes occurring from day-to-day and season-to-season in the upper ocean and at the sea surface.
“The results we obtain will be of interest around the world to climate and carbon cycle scientists,” Professor Trull said. Professor Trull will be available for interviews and pictures with the moorings on Wednesday, July 11 at 10am.
For more information:
Miranda Harman, ACE CRC Communications and Media Manager +61 3 6226-2265 +419 507 268
Besides being one of Australia’s leading volcano experts, Professor Richard Arculus, from the Research School of Earth Sciences, which is part of the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, is also a dab hand at photography.
He stitched together some great images of Southern Surveyor he took while he was on his recent voyage.
Construction of Australia’s new $120 million Marine National Facility research vessel, Investigator, began in Singapore today, heralding a new era in marine and atmospheric research.
Australia’s ocean territory is the third largest in the world and includes unique biodiversity and valuable resources and marine science is critical for the sustainable management of ocean assets.
The Executive Director of the Future Research Vessel Project at CSIRO, Toni Moate, who attended the steel cutting ceremony in Singapore, said the 93.6 metre research vessel would be capable of conducting marine research from our coastal waters, to the Antarctic ice edge and to the tropical waters to the north.
The contract to design, build and commission the vessel was awarded to Teekay Holdings Australia, which partnered with the Sembawang Shipyard in Singapore because of its track record and strong commitment to new technologies and innovation.
“The equipment on board our new world-class vessel will for the first time allow Australian scientists to carry out advanced atmospheric research on board the Marine National Facility,” Ms Moate said.
“It will also be capable of mapping the seafloor six kilometres below the surface, conducting deep water coring to 24 metres and it will have the latest satellite communications technology.”
Investigator will be operated by CSIRO and will be available to all Australian marine scientists. It replaces the existing Marine National Facility ship, Southern Surveyor.
In 2009 the Australian Government committed AU$120 million to the purchase of a new research vessel for the Marine National Facility. The project is an initiative of the Australian Government being conducted as part of the Super Science Initiative and financed from the Education Investment Fund.
The Prime Minister Julia Gillard toured the Marine National Facility vessel Southern Surveyor and was briefed on the Future Research Vessel Project.
While visiting our Hobart laboratories the Prime Minister was introduced to our research vessels, toured our marine laboratories and found out about advances made from our Argo profilers.
The Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard, has been briefed on ocean science during a 16 January tour of our Hobart facilities.
The Prime Minister was met by Chief Executive Megan Clark and Marine and Atmospheric Research Chief, Bruce Mapstone. She toured the Marine National Facility research vessel, Southern Surveyor, and was briefed on progress with the new Marine National Facility vessel, RV Investigator.
Prime Minister Gillard received an overview of deep-ocean and coastal moorings, gliders, and the Argo robotic profiling program from oceanographer Susan Wijffels and mooring Team Leader Tim Lynch. The visit concluded with a site inspection for the new Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies which adjoins our Marine Laboratories on the Hobart waterfront.
Susan, a Wealth from Oceans Flagship Theme Leader, said the visit provided an opportunity to explain to the Prime Minister the significant advances Argo has made in just a decade. We also outlined the contribution Australia makes to the global program which involves 18 countries and the European Union working together to observe the world’s oceans.
Argo monitors the subsurface oceans globally and in near real-time through an array of over 3000 robotic ocean instruments (floats) – a major advance in observing our Earth. There are around 3200 active Argo floats globally at present, with the CSIRO-led Australian program being the largest and most active group in the Southern Hemisphere.
Argo also was under the spotlight on the western side of Australia with the completion of a specialised deployment mission in the Indian Ocean from the crew of the Lady Amber. The 20 metre South African yacht was chartered by CSIRO to deploy 55 Argo profilers, and was met in mid-January by the Western Australian Science and Innovation Minister, the Hon John Day.
Read more about the work underpinning our regional ocean observations at Australian Integrated Marine Observing System.
15 January 2010
The Hon Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, has announced the winners of the national Float a name competition.
The Investigator was chosen from 1458 entries received as the winning name for the Australian Government’s new A$120 million deep water research vessel.
Joint winners of the competition, Kirrily Moore and Clare Cameron named the vessel, The Investigator.
The name paid tribute to Australia’s prestigious maritime heritage. Matthew Flinders’ circumnavigated Australia onboard the original Investigator over 200 years ago.
As joint winners they will be offered the opportunity to design an experiment in conjunction with CSIRO scientists to be undertaken on The Investigator‘s maiden voyage.
Prizes were awarded in three categories:
- primary students
- secondary students
- everybody else.
The winners in each category are:
Winners and runners-up
Primary Schools Winner:
Clare Cameron St Hilda’s School, Runaway Bay, Qld - The Flinders Investigator
Primary Schools Runner-up:
Sarah Mcdonald Holy Spirit School, Bray Park, Qld – The Discoverer
Secondary Schools Winner:
Hayden Terry, Fajar Ismail, Kerry-Anne Kerr, Cody Kschammer Eaton Community College, Bunbury, WA – The Southern Endeavour
Secondary Schools Runner-up:
Savanna Burgess Stella Maris College, Manly, NSW – The Wajungjar
Open Winner: Kirrily Moore Mount Stuart, TAS – The Investigator
Open Runner-up: Tom Stoeckl Wavell Heights, Qld Iritjinga
MINISTERIAL MEDIA RELEASE – 15 January 2010
Kirrily Moore of Mount Stewart in Tasmania and Queensland primary school student Clare Cameron have been announced joint winners of the national Float a Name competition.
The Investigator was chosen from 1,458 entries received as the winning name for the Australian Government’s new $120 million deep water research vessel.
Announcing the winners today, Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, congratulated Ms Moore and Miss Cameron on suggesting a name that paid tribute to Australia’s prestigious maritime heritage.
“Australia has one of the largest marine territories in the world, yet much of this terrain remains a mystery to us,” Senator Carr said.
“Matthew Flinders’ circumnavigation of Australia onboard the original Investigator over 200 years ago was a remarkable achievement.
”For this key research vessel of the future we wanted a name that captured the spirit of inquiry from the past – a name that recognises the important contributions of previous generations in setting future directions.
“It is time we followed in Matthew Flinders’ wake and embarked on a meaningful journey of discovery to unlock the secrets of our vast marine territory.
“The Investigator will be just the tool our scientists need to make this possible.”
It was this spirit of discovery that inspired both Ms Moore and Miss Cameron.
As joint winners they will be offered the opportunity to design an experiment in conjunction with CSIRO scientists to be undertaken on The Investigator’s maiden voyage.
“An intrepid young scholar in the making, Miss Cameron’s entry came about as a result of her own research for a school project on explorers,” Senator Carr said.
“Miss Cameron consulted Matthew Flinders’ maps and journals and even dressed up as the historic explorer to deliver her presentation to the class.”
Senator Carr also took the opportunity to welcome the appointment of experienced marine engineer Graham Stacey as Project Director for the Marine National Facility Future Research Vessel.
“Building capability in Australian marine research is critical to understanding and responding effectively to climate change,” Senator Carr said.
“The Rudd Labor Government is committed to maintaining Australia’s pre-eminence in the fields of marine and climate science.
“That is why we are supporting this urgent upgrade to our marine research infrastructure as part of our $387.7 million Super Science Marine and Climate initiative.
“With his extensive marine engineering and contracting experience I am confident that Mr Stacey will drive this project towards the expected completion date in 2012.
“I would like to thank Ms Toni Moate for her work acting in this position and look forward to her ongoing contribution to the project through engagement with the marine community regarding the procurement process.”
The CSIRO has been commissioned to manage the project, which will replace the ageing RV Southern Surveyor.
“The new vessel is an exciting development for Australian marine science and I am pleased to have the opportunity to be part of it,” Mr Stacey said.
“The vessel will be capable of operating continuously for 55 days at sea and will support a broad range of sophisticated scientific activities by multi-disciplinary teams.”
A call for proposals for the design, construction and potential provision of through-life maintenance of the vessel closed on Monday 11 January 2010, with evaluation of the responses commencing immediately.
Mr Stacey will commence his appointment on 17 February 2010. A biography is below.
- Fiona Scott, Minister’s Office, 0447 086 727
- Huw Morgan, CSIRO, 0417 834 547
Biography of Graham Stacey
Graham Stacey is a Marine Engineer with recognised marine expertise and extensive project management experience in offshore vessels.
Mr Stacey is the Sole Principal Consultant of Graham Stacey Associates Pty Ltd, a successful project management company specialising in ship construction and conversion. Mr Stacey has extensive experience ranging from contract management, procurement and scheduling; through to construction, client relations and safety.
Recently, Mr Stacey took part in multi-million dollar projects in the major new building shipyards of Korea, Japan and Singapore, and has previously held positions with Teekay Shipping (Australia) and BHP Transport Limited.
Mr Stacey has qualifications as a Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Auditor (certified by Lloyd’s Register and Det Norske Veritas) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (London).
Watch the video of the Float-a-name competition announcement by the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr.
“Wherever I go, people ask me ‘what’s the name of the new boat?’
I know I’m not supposed to use that term, but we can’t keep calling it ‘the boat’ forever. So we have to think more clearly about what the vessel’s will be.
That’s why it is my pleasure today to launch a national competition giving every Australian the chance to suggest a name for our most important new platform for scientific research.
I trust it will be a name with an Australian flavour, or a name that highlights the boat’s role in discovery, but I don’t want to be prescriptive about this.
After all, this vessel is a major investment in Australian creativity.
We want a name that reflects that.
Prizes will be awarded in three categories – one for primary students, one for secondary students, and for everybody else.
And I trust the teachers of Australia will take this up and I trust the science classes between now and the end of the year will be enlivened by a discussion about the importance of marine science. And I trust that our students will response.
Now the he grand prize will be chosen from a short list, there’ll be a chance to perform, as a result of the prize, perform your own experiment on the world’s newest and finest ocean-going laboratory.”
Entries close on the 1st of December. Please read the Float a name terms and conditions and the Float-a-name privacy statement before entering.