Permali installs Flight Deck Safety Nets on RRS Sir David Attenborough
Yesterday (Wednesday 21 October) the UK’s most advanced polar research ship – RRS Sir David Attenborough – left Cammell Laird shipyard for two weeks of technical sea trials. In November, the shipyard will formally hand over the ship to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
The research ship, developed over 4 years costing £200m, will play a pivotal role in supporting UK scientists in the Artic and Antarctic. Its missions are critical for understanding and making sense of our changing climate.
Permali’s involvement, working with Cammell Laird Shiprepairers & Shipbuilders Limited, proved to be an exciting project for the team, who showed adaptability and technical expertise to ensure the safety of the ship’s crew.
The RRS Sir David Attenborough sailed across the Mersey to the Liverpool cruise terminal at high tide for crew familiarisation, where it will spend 14 days undergoing technical trials off the coast of North Wales. The shipyard engineers and BAS mariners will put the ship through its paces, performing operational checks on the propulsion, steering, engineering and navigation systems.
When technical tests are complete, the BAS ship crew will take over and spend 50 days intensive training at Holyhead Port before embarking on operational and scientific equipment trials around the Irish Sea. The team will test anchoring, manoeuvring, dynamic positioning, and helideck landing – the safety of crew ensured by Permali’s Flight Deck Safety Nets. Early next year the ship will undertake ice trials in the Arctic, and in November 2021 make its maiden voyage to Antarctica.