British Antarctic Survey NERC, Bygg nr. 1390 ved Cammell Laird Shiprepairers & Shipbuilders, UT 851 PRV "Sir David Attenborough"


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Cammell Laird appoints Rolls-Royce to design and equip research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough

One of the most famous names in the British maritime engineering industry, Cammell Laird, has selected a Rolls-Royce design for the UK’s future polar research ship, which, when built, will be one of the most advanced scientific maritime vessels ever constructed. Rolls-Royce will also supply machinery and equipment for the vessel in a deal worth £30 million.

The 128 metre long ship, which will be named RRS Sir David Attenborough, will be built at the massive modular construction hall at Cammell Laird’s site in Birkenhead on Merseyside. Cammell Laird, which offers a wide range of marine and heavy engineering services including shipbuilding, beat off competition from around the world, to win the deal and keep the work in the UK.

The New Polar Research Vessel (NPRV) is being commissioned by the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) for operation by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).This £200 million Government investment secures the UK’s position as a world leader in polar research and provides a major boost to shipbuilding in the North West. The project is the biggest commercial shipbuilding contract in Britain and one of the biggest for more than a generation. The ship’s purpose, when it enters service in 2019, will be to carry out oceanographic and other scientific work in both the Antarctic and Arctic as well as transporting supplies to Antarctic research stations.

Universities & Science Minister, Jo Johnson, said: “As part of our record investment in science capital, the £200m RRSSir David Attenborough will secure the UK’s position as a world leader in polar research. The ship’s construction is securing hundreds of jobs and creating apprenticeships in Merseyside – continuing its proud history of shipbuilding. I’m delighted that Rolls-Royce will be providing the engines to carry the state-of-the-art research ship non-stop across the world.”

John Syvret CBE, Cammell Laird, CEO, said: “This state of the art vessel shows what Cammell Laird is capable of as one of Europe’s most innovative, best equipped and highest skilled marine engineering service providers. We are looking forward to working with our long standing supplier Rolls-Royce and combining their industry leading expertise and experience with our world-class facilities and workforce to deliver the most advanced polar research vessel ever constructed.”

“Cammell Laird is committed to investing in British companies, our local supply chain and the community. Cammell Laird and the North West are an integral component part of the Northern Powerhouse and are proud to be one of the prime employers and wealth creators in the North of England. Moreover, we run one of the biggest apprentice programmes in the UK training the next generation of engineers on fantastic projects like this with outstanding partners like Rolls-Royce, who can help share and invest knowledge in our young engineers.”

Helge Gjerde, Rolls-Royce, President – Offshore & Merchant Solutions, said: “We are very much looking forward to working with Cammell Laird and are proud that our design and a wide range of advanced Rolls-Royce ship equipment has been chosen for such an innovative vessel. Cammell Laird has chosen a design that meets a very demanding list of requirements to ensure NERC/BAS have the very best equipped ship available.”

Paul Fox of NERC said: “This new polar research ship will keep UK scientists at the forefront of climate and ocean research in both Antarctica and the Arctic. This new state-of-the-art platform will support a broad range of science; including oceanography, marine ecology and geophysics. Equipped with on-board laboratory facilities and capable of deploying robotic technologies the new ship will enable scientists to carry out research programmes that address urgent societal issues such as the need to understand the impact of polar ice melt and its effect on climate, global ocean circulation, sea level, and the functioning of the ecosystems that regulate the planet’s life support systems.”

Cammell Laird’s requirements for Rolls-Royce to meet when designing the vessel included: Polar Code 4 ice class, a high endurance factor, with the capacity to be self-sufficient in fuel and supplies on voyages up to 19,000 nautical miles, space for a total of 90 people and a large cargo capacity. The vessel is also designed to generate very low levels of underwater radiated noise and minimise the risk of pollution. Onboard laboratories will allow the prompt analysis of samples.

Rolls-Royce will provide Cammell Laird with the diesel electric propulsion system powered by the new Bergen B33:45 engines (two nine cylinder and two six cylinder engines) and equipped with two Rolls-Royce 4.5m diameter Rolls-Royce Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPP). The powerful, efficient and compact engines and strong propellers will be able to push the vessel through approximately one metre thick level ice with extremely low underwater radiated noise, avoiding interference with survey equipment or disturbing marine mammals and fish shoals.

Jørn Heltne, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President for Sales in Ship Design & Systems, said: “A key part of our extensive delivery for Cammell Laird included in this vessel will be the automation and control systems, including our Dynamic Positioning system and the award winning Unified Bridge. This will provide the crew with the most advanced and innovative working conditions and operator tools on a vessel bridge today.”

Rolls-Royce deck handling systems will support a wide range of tasks. These include, for example, towing scientific equipment for subsea acoustic survey equipment using up to 12,000m of wire, or deploying equipment over the side or through a moonpool to collect seawater and seabed samples at depths of up to 9,000m.

In its supply vessel mode the UT 851 PRV will be able to transport fuels and containerised cargo. It will also have a helideck with the capacity to operate two helicopters.

One of the reasons Cammell Laird appointed Rolls Royce was its experience gained designing the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research’s polar research vessel currently under construction in Italy.

UT 851 PRV "Sir David Attenborough"

Illustrasjon: Rolls-Royce Marine


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Rolls-Royce and Cammell Laird mark milestone for RRS Sir David Attenborough

Rolls-Royce is marking a major milestone on the journey towards the completion of Britain’s new polar research vessel the RRS Sir David Attenborough being built by Merseyside shipyard Cammell Laird.

The last of the vessel’s Bergen B33:45 engines /gensets have been craned into the ship’s hull at Cammell Laird ready to be connected to the RRS Sir David Attenborough’s Rolls-Royce propulsion system.

The nine cylinder engines are carefully installed in three separate pieces. The first part of the nine cylinder engine to be craned into place was its double resilient foundation. This huge specialised rigid welded skid, which sits on rubber noise dampers, is an integral part of the vessel’s low underwater radiated noise design. The foundation is followed by the engine itself and then the alternators.

Professor Dame Jane Francis, British Antarctic Survey (BAS), Director, said: “All of our scientists, engineers and support teams are watching the build progress of our new ship with excitement. This latest milestone takes us a step closer towards using this state-of-the-art research facility. Our engineers and scientists need the ship’s engines to be quiet during underwater scientific experiments and we are very pleased that the engines are designed for fuel efficiency to help us minimise our impact on the environment.”

John Syvret CBE, CEO, Cammell Laird, said: “This is a major milestone in the journey towards the completion of this state-of-the-art vessel. It shows what Cammell Laird, one of Europe’s most innovative, best equipped and highest skilled marine engineering service providers can do. With our world-class facilities and workforce, we are well on the way to completing the highly complex advanced engineering project which is the RRS Sir David Attenborough.”

Mikael Mäkinen, Rolls-Royce, President – Marine said “The Rolls-Royce designed RRS Sir David Attenborough is the most advanced scientific maritime vessel ever constructed. We had to meet a very demanding list of design requirements from Cammell Laird and its customer, the National Environmental Research Council (NERC) on behalf of the British Antarctic Survey, and work hand in hand with them to make our vision a reality. I’m proud to think that Rolls-Royce equipment, including the B33:45, will play a role in helping future climate scientists understand how changes in the Arctic and Antarctic will impact the wider global climate.”

The Bergen B33:45 (two nine and two six cylinder) engines provide both mechanical propulsion and electric power generation in a power range from 3,600 to 5,400kW. The engines, together with the unique Rolls-Royce hull shape design, will allow the RRS Sir David Attenborough to cut through the ice, pushing it away and under the ice sheet being crossed. This enables the vessel to break ice to a thickness of 1.5 metres at a minimum speed of 3 knots.

The engines run on low sulphur fuel, have good fuel efficiency down to very low loads and are fitted with a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system and an electronic engine management system with an integrated control unit. This monitors and controls all key engine functions and exhaust after treatment. The vessel complies with both IMO Tier II and Tier III rules.

One of the most stringent design requirements for the vessel was very low levels of underwater radiated noise to allow the undertaking of underwater survey work.

The gensets provide power to the electrical system and 5 MW peak effect battery capacity. Batteries reduce the vessel’s fuel consumption, emissions, noise and vibration as well as increasing redundancy and consequently safety. Using electrical winches instead of hydraulic ones where possible also reduces the risk of pollution.

The RRS Sir David Attenborough has been commissioned by the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) for operation by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).This £200 million Government investment secures the UK’s position as a world leader in polar research and provides a major boost to shipbuilding in the North West. When it enters service in 2019, the ship will carry out oceanographic and other scientific work in both the Antarctic and Arctic as well as transporting supplies to Antarctic research stations.

The project is the biggest commercial shipbuilding contract currently underway in Britain and one of the biggest for more than a generation.

Rolls Royce’s most recent polar research vessel design project, the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research’s FFKronprins Haakon, has successfully passed sea trials and will soon be delivered by the shipyard Fincantieri in Italy.


Illustrasjon: Rolls-Royce Marine


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Sir David Attenborough polar ship ready for launch

Britain's new polar research ship is ready to go in the water.

The newly assembled hull of the RRS Sir David Attenborough is now standing on the slipway of the Cammell Laird yard in Birkenhead, awaiting launch day.

Weather and tide permitting, she should slide into the River Mersey on Saturday.

The £200m vessel will replace the James Clark Ross and the Shackleton, which between them have almost 50 years' service in support of UK polar science.

The Attenborough is the ship the public had wanted to call "Boaty McBoatface" in an online poll, before ministers stepped in to choose a more appropriate name.

She represents the largest commercial ship built in Britain in three decades.

The hull should make for quite a sight as her steelwork floats out into Liverpool's famous waters.

"She's not a huge supertanker but she is a large ship at 128.9m and around 10,000 tonnes on the day - so, there will be a bit of a splash, certainly off the stern," said Cammell Laird's David Williams.

"She's got quite a flat transom and as that makes the transition to the water, there will be some waves created," the business development director told BBC News.

The company will have an invited audience in the yard on Saturday of more than 2,000 people, made up of VIPs, staff and their families. But star of the day will, of course, be Sir David himself.

The BBC naturalist will be asked to press the button that unleashes his namesake on its grand slide into the water.

Recent days have seen the hull lifted out of Cammell Laird's giant construction hall by a fleet of remote controlled, multi-wheeled trolleys.

These vehicles have placed the ship atop a set of rails, or "standing ways", covered in grease.

Temporary fixtures on the underside of the hull have been attached to shoes, or "moving ways", and at the appointed time these should glide the Attenborough effortlessly down the gentle slope to the river.

It will be an important moment for Cammell Laird which has fought hard to position itself in the competitive international shipbuilding market.

Not since 1993 has a vessel built at the yard been launched into the water in this dynamic fashion.

Once in the water, the hull will be caught by tugs, which will manoeuvre it into the company's harbour.

The harbour is where the top decks - built as a large, separate structure - will be put in place.

Detailed outfitting then follows before the ship is complete and ready for its official naming ceremony at the end of the year.

"We've definitely risen to the challenge, as many people will realise, especially when they see how advanced she is right now, given the timeframe since we first started building her," said Claire Biggar, assistant ship manager at Cammell Laird.

"She's structurally complete and we're well on our way with the outfitting. For the company, this is an amazing achievement."

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"Sir David Attenborough"



Alle foto: A. Jeffries via Cammell Laird


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RRS Sir David Attenborough Hits The Water

UK’s new polar research ship, the RRS Sir David Attenborough, was launched on Saturday at the Cammell Laird’s shipyard.

The 129-metre long, 10,000 tonne hull of the RRS Sir David Attenborough was launched into the River Mersey for the first time. Once in the river, tugs towed hull number 1390 to Cammell Laird’s wet basin for the next stages of construction.

The polar research ship, scheduled to come into operation in 2019, is commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council (part of UK Research and Innovation), built by Cammell Laird and will be operated by British Antarctic Survey.

Shipyard workers, engineers, scientists and maritime industry experts gathered with special guest speakers, including world-renowned broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, to celebrate the launch, the company noted.

Special guest Sir David Attenborough said: “Britain began exploring the Antarctic over a century ago when it seemed to be an empty wilderness of little importance to the world as a whole. Now we recognize that what happens at the Poles is of the greatest importance to everyone, everywhere.

“The UK and the British Antarctic Survey have been making discoveries in both regions that enable us to better understand these global processes and this wonderful new research ship will enable British scientists to continue their crucial work in both the Arctic and Antarctic for decades to come.”

Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret CBE, added: “The launch of the RRS Sir David Attenborough is a really important milestone in the build programme, and it is a great day for the Cammell Laird team. We have said that this Cammell Laird generation is proud of its heritage and is determined make its own history, and the launch of Sir David Attenborough polar research ship underpins this commitment and ambition.

“I want to thank NERC, British Antarctic Survey, Rolls Royce, Lloyds Register, Houlder Offshore and the entire supply chain for their commitment and support. This is one team, ‘team UK’ working in partnership to deliver a unique ship with unique capabilities and capacity. I also want to thank our workforce and their families as well as Wirral Borough Council, the Rt Hon Frank Field and all in the community who have supported Cammell Laird on our journey to date. We are now back in the premier league of the shipbuilding world, it has been a herculean effort by all to get here, this launch raises the brand profile and as a result provides increased global recognition, which bodes well for the future.”

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Naming ceremony, new ship – tickets available

British Antarctic Survey and Cammell Laird invite members of the public to join them at the Birkenhead shipyard on Thursday 26 September 2019 to watch the ceremonial naming of the new polar ship for Britain – the RRS Sir David Attenborough. The ceremony is the highlight of a three-day celebration of UK science, engineering, and shipbuilding.

About the RRS Sir David Attenborough
This new polar research ship for Britain is one of the most advanced in the world. Commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council, built by Cammell Laird and operated by British Antarctic Survey, the RRS Sir David Attenborough will transform ship-borne science in Antarctica and the Arctic.

The ship will provide UK polar researchers and their international collaborators with access to a state-of-the-art multi-disciplinary research platform that will enable them to investigate the role that polar oceans play in our changing world.

FREE public tickets are available NOW for:
  • Thursday 26 September 2019 – naming ceremony and Ice Worlds festival of discovery. Book up to four FREE ceremonial naming day tickets here
  • Saturday 28 September 2019 – Ice Worlds – family day. Book up to four FREE family day tickets here
About Ice Worlds
Step inside our huge marquee to discover what life is like as a polar scientist or engineer. Learn what it takes to build a polar research ship. Find out why polar bears don’t eat penguins! Marvel at the amazing innovation behind Antarctic and Arctic research. Be inspired – do you have what it takes to be a polar explorer, a scientist or an engineer?

Planning your visit
**There is no public entry without a ticket. Please note: for safety and security reasons. there is no public access on board the ship

Shipyard gates open from 10 am on both days. Directions to Cammell Laird are here:


Please check the weather forecast. You will be standing on the quayside to watch the ceremony so you may want to wear comfortable shoes and bring an umbrella – just in case! The Ice Worlds exhibition is under cover in a marquee. There are outside catering vans and outdoor exhibitions

Travel and parking

There is no public parking available at or near the shipyard. Long stay Council car parks are located in Birkenhead town centre, the largest of these being at Price Street, adjacent to Conway Park train station.

Public transport

Visitors are encouraged to use public transport wherever possible. The nearest Merseyrail station is Green Lane (Wirral Line), just a few minutes’ walk from the shipyard. Hamilton Square station is a 15-20 minute walk from the shipyard as is Woodside Ferry Terminal.

The region is well served by local bus routes. To plan your journey in advance please check:

Train, ferry and bus routes and timetables

Council car parks in Birkenhead town centre


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We are so pleased that Kensington Palace has announced today that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Cammell Laird on Thursday 26th September to attend the naming ceremony of the UK’s new polar research ship, the #RRSSirDavidAttenborough we are building for British Antarctic Survey The ship will join the pantheon of GREAT ships built at Cammell Laird over the last 190 years.


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