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State of the art polar vessel for BAS to be delivered in 2019

Monday, January 26th 2015 - 21:39 UTC
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A new polar research vessel is currently being designed for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). The new vessel will be an ice-capable, multi-role polar research and logistics ship which will be used to conduct science and to resupply the BAS stations such as the two in South Georgia, according to the latest South Georgia Newsletter. Read full article


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  • Skip

    Old story.

    However is superior to the ARA Almirante Irízar and will probably be in service much quicker.

    Honestly I can't even be bothered asking how long it will take Argentineans to realise they keep voting it stupid governments who are just robbing them blind.

    Jan 26th, 2015 - 10:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rufus

    It's clearly not a cunning British spy-ship. While it meets most of the other criteria: being very big and bright red, it's missing the subtle camouflage effect of having an enormous penguin painted on the funnel.

    Jan 27th, 2015 - 10:13 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @1. Why is an 'old story'? I haven't found anything about it before 2014. And it's still only a concept!

    Just how many countries have polar research vessels operating in the Antarctic? And who are they? Australia has one. China has one. Chile has one. Germany has one. Japan has one. South Africa has one. South Korea has one. Spain has one. The UK has three. The US has two. So there's not so many are there? And a new one, especially for the BAS, is important.

    Incidentally, I've discounted all icebreakers that are only supply vessels. Who will be ahead in understanding the Antarctic?

    So don't knock it.

    Jan 27th, 2015 - 01:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LEPRecon

    @2 Rufus

    It is obviously a 'stealth' penguin that only appears on the funnel occasionally, and has an uncanny resemblance to the 'Skipper' from Penguins of Madagascar!

    Jan 27th, 2015 - 04:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Apparently Canada has ordered 3 ships,
    but I don't know how good or how they would compare.

    Jan 27th, 2015 - 07:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • toooldtodieyoung

    ”It is intended to replace both current BAS vessels RRS James Clark Ross (JCR) and RRS Ernest Shackleton”.

    That's a mistake!! It should be serving alongside, NOT replacing and I doubt that the James Clark Ross and the Ernest Shackleton are at the and of their service life.

    If this new vessel is that good then let's have 2 of them!! Update the fleet, not reduce it!!

    Jan 27th, 2015 - 09:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Good point.

    Jan 28th, 2015 - 01:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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