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BAS’ Sir Richard Attenborough and James Clark Ross at Orskov

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Britain’s polar research vessels dock at Orskov Yard in Frederikshavn, Denmark.

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The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) vessel RSS Sir Richard Attenborough is alongside at the Orskov Yard in Denmark for technical checks and fitting out prior to her first mission to Antarctica.

The £200m ship is the BAS’ latest and most modern polar research vessel, with a range of 19,000 nautical miles and an ice breaking capacity of one metre thickness at a speed of three knots. She has accommodation for 60 and can keep the sea for an impressive 60 days.

Also alongside at Orskov is the RSS James Clark Ross which was launched by HM The Queen in 1990. During the northern summer the JCR supports NERC research, largely in the Arctic. The ship has an unusually low acoustic signature, allowing the deployment of sensitive acoustic equipment.

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