The RRS Sir David Attenborough: Polar preparations progress

8 January 2018
The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has released time-lapse video of the Cammell Laird construction hall showing progress of the advanced polar research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough.
RSS Sir David Attenborough under construction. (c) Cammell Laird, courtesy of British Antarctic Survey

RSS Sir David Attenborough under construction. (c) Cammell Laird, courtesy of British Antarctic Survey

The footage was shot by Cammell Laird, from October 2016 to December 2017 and includes the integration of the stern section which travelled from A&P in Newcastle, along with the ship's move out of the Construction Hall at the end of 2017.

As of December 2017, 80 of 88 blocks are in progress, accounting for approximately 8,000 tonnes of steel and equipment. The ship is due for completion by October 2018.

Ramboll is Technical Advisor to BAS, working closely with them to prepare for the new vessel and associated projects in the Antarctic and the UK.

The RRS Sir David Attenborough was commissioned by NERC and built by Cammell Laird. The new polar research ship, capable of circling the entire Antarctic continent twice, will allow scientists of British Antarctic Survey greater opportunities for exploration and research with state-of-the-art facilities. Find out more here: https://www.bas.ac.uk/polar-operations...

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Ramboll. RRS Sir David Attenborough. Image courtesy of British Antarctic Survey

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