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New Polar Ship's Stern Section Sails Onto Mersey for RRS Sir David Attenborough

31st August 2017
Stern Block 10 (off Liverpool Waterfront) is seen on a barge bound for Birkenhead where the £200m new British polar research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough is under construction. Originally, through a public online competition to name the vessel, the winner was 'RRS Boaty McBoatface', however this was rejected by officials. Stern Block 10 (off Liverpool Waterfront) is seen on a barge bound for Birkenhead where the £200m new British polar research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough is under construction. Originally, through a public online competition to name the vessel, the winner was 'RRS Boaty McBoatface', however this was rejected by officials. Photo: Cammell Laird

#ports&shipping - A major feat of UK engineering took place last week as the “stern section” of the new British polar research ship, RRS Sir David Attenborough was transported by barge from Newcastle to Birkenhead.

The barge departed from the Hebburn-based shipyard A&P Tyne (Newcastle), part of A&P Group, to the Cammell Laird’s shipyard in Birkenhead.

The new ship is a major UK Government investment in frontier science. Commissioned by NERC, and built by the world famous marine engineering company Cammell Laird Shiprepairers & Shipbuilders Ltd. The vessel is a Rolls-Royce design, and will be operated by British Antarctic Survey when the ship enters service in 2019.

The transportation of the 899 tonne steel block (known as Block 10) – which is the equivalent weight of 71 London double decker buses, and more than 23 meters long and 24 meters wide – is a major engineering challenge and a significant milestone in the build.

It further capitalises on the broad commercial skills and infrastructure on the east and west coast of the UK and marks another significant milestone in the Cammell Laird construction programme.

This ‘load-out’ operation is the outcome of a collaboration between Cammell Laird and A&P Group and a clear demonstration of the benefits that a flexible and co-ordinated effort brings to the construction of the RRS Sir David Attenborough and to the UK ship-building industry.

For much more on the newbuild from Cammell Laird, click here 

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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