PACIFIC MARITIME MAGAZINE
Fidley Watch: April Foolishness
By Mark Edward Nero
Venerable British shipyard Cammell Laird is engaged in the construction of a vessel for the British government to perform research duties in ice-laden waters of the Antarctic.
The new £200 million ($283 million) Royal Research Ship (RRS) is required meet the science requirements of the UK for a modern, state-of-the-art polar seagoing science platform, and for provision of logistical support for land-based polar science. Built with onboard laboratories, the new 410-foot ship will cruise at 13 knots, with a 19,000-nautical mile range and be capable of breaking ice up to one meter thick at three knots.
A nationwide competition hosted by the Natural Environment Research Council to choose the name of the new vessel garnered suggestions that the ship be named after Henry Worsley, who died earlier this year trying to make the first unassisted solo crossing of the Antarctic…MORE