Day on the ice for ship name prizewinners

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A group of up to 12 school children could find themselves jetting to Antarctica as part of a competition to name Australia's new icebreaker vessel.

Winners of the nationwide Name-Our-Icebreaker competition will not only have the privilege of their moniker being plastered on the hull of the new 156-metre ship, but will also spend a day on the frozen continent.

"The winning students will fly from Hobart to Australia's Wilkins Aerodrome where they will meet Antarctic scientists, as well as expeditioners living and working at nearby Casey research station," Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said on Wednesday of the competition which closes on June 9, with the winners announced in September.