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New Polar Research Vessel Announcement

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For the first time a UK polar-capable vessel will be constructed to take helicopters.  Hitherto the BAS research fleet of RRS James Clark Ross and RRS Ernest Shackleton (and the vessels they replaced) had no space for helicopters and HMS Enduance was deployed each Antarctic season with its helicopters to facilitate landings of field parties.

 New polar vessel

The new vessel has been specified but not yet designed, so the  image released to the media is somewhat of an artist's impresion.  It is hoped the vessel will be operational by 2020. 

Tuesday, November 6th 2018

Brian Dorsett-Bailey

Brian Dorsett-Bailey, who has died aged 79, was a Trustee of the British Antarctic Monument Trust. He was the brother of Jeremy Bailey who died in a crevasse accident in 1965 near the British Antarctic Survey base of Halley Bay. Jeremy was a pioneer in the technology of ice-depth radar which allowe… Full Story...
Saturday, October 27th 2018

A gleaming Southern Monument

Ian Bury, our contractor friend in the Falkland Islands, has thoroughly polished the Southern Monument in preparation for the influx of tourists either staying for a holiday in the Falklands or passing through on a cruise ship bound for South Georgia and the Antarctic. There has been a significant a… Full Story...
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