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The Sir David Attenborough, Britain’s new polar ship, set for sea trials

The 200 million pound, state-of-the-art, polar research vessel is named after the veteran BBC naturalist David Attenborough.

it-s-viral Updated: Oct 24, 2020, 16:45 IST
Reuters | Posted By: Sanya Budhiraja
Reuters | Posted By: Sanya Budhiraja
Birkenhead, England
The RRS (Royal Research Ship) Sir David Attenborough departs Cammell Laird shipyard, in Liverpool, Britain.
The RRS (Royal Research Ship) Sir David Attenborough departs Cammell Laird shipyard, in Liverpool, Britain.(REUTERS)

Britain’s new polar ship, the Sir David Attenborough, will leave for sea trials on Wednesday to be put through its paces before making its maiden voyage to Antarctica late next year to boost research into climate change.

The 200 million pound, state-of-the-art, polar research vessel gained notoriety in 2016 when “Boaty McBoatface” topped a public poll for the name of the new ship.

But the government decided instead to name it after the veteran BBC naturalist David Attenborough, and the RRS (Royal Research Ship) Sir David Attenborough is now ready to leave its wet dock in Birkenhead in northwest England.

A man takes pictures as the RRS (Royal Research Ship) Sir David Attenborough departs Cammell Laird shipyard, in Liverpool, Britain.
A man takes pictures as the RRS (Royal Research Ship) Sir David Attenborough departs Cammell Laird shipyard, in Liverpool, Britain. ( REUTERS )

It will spend two weeks at sea off the coast of North Wales for technical trials before the shipyard formally hands it over.

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) will operate the ship, carrying out ice trials in the Arctic in early 2021 before it journeys to the Antarctic next November, where the BAS say it will transform UK research in polar regions.

“This magnificent ship will take UK scientists deep into the heart of the ice-covered polar seas,” BAS director Jane Francis said in a statement on Wednesday.

“As we seek to find answers to the current climate crisis, this ship will take us to the ends of the Earth to seek answers and to help us understand our future world.”

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