RRS SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH UPDATE PAGE
Updated 19th January 2021
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I have recently returned home following my first work period on board the Sir David Attenborough. Living on board proved to be enjoyable and it did not take long to get used to my new cabin (which has a heated bathroom floor) and the amenities on board. Due to the current Covid crisis everyone wore masks throughout the day, only allowed to remove when eating or drinking or in one's own cabin.
Whilst the ship was being constructed I had come to the conclusion that the stairs were going to keep everyone fit. I was not wrong and have to admit that from time to time the option of taking the lift from Deck 3 to Deck 7 was very welcome.
The pictures shown below were taken during my last work period:
The Bridge is now fully operational and the decking is down, making the space look great. I did, during a work podcast, joke that when walking from the front of the Bridge to the back, once changed time zones!
Another Bridge view, this time from the Starboard Bridge-wing with the compass repeater in focus. As the Bridge is fully enclosed, this means that the three compass repeaters are all located inside.
The GMDSS console. In the days when I was first at sea this would have been called the Radio Room and would have had a nice room to itself.
One of the two seating areas on the Bridge. This is close to the small kitchen area, which is equipped with a kettle, cofffee machine, fridge and dishwasher. This is also the closest place for me to get a tea or coffee from my cabin, two decks below.
The Bridge Kitchen, complete with coffee machine. When at sea the Bridge will be a great place to enjoy a hot drink and admire the view from.
One of the things that I have enjoyed finding during the build period is the 'graffiti' that appears on almost any surface that is available to be drawn on. In the case of metal bulkheads, this would be done in chalk, whilst on this panel door protective cover a pen was used. Sadly all of this is now gone, either painted over or removed as equipment has it's protective coverings removed.
The Bar on Deck 5. This is adjacent to the Mess and will be the social area on board. This picture was taken before the protective covering on the deck was lifted and also you will notice that there is bedding on the tables. This is due to Covid where all fresh linen is laid out in the bar and collected by those on board once a week. Linen change is the responsibility of all individuals as it helps reduces the number of people visiting cabins.
The Day Room is another recreation area and is just forward of the bar. This will likely be used as a quiet room, time will tell.
The ship is large, does not have a central stairway and it is very easy to get lost. This will certainly be the case for those joining for the first time and in order to help you find your way around, all the stairways have clear maps showing what is on a particular deck as well as what is above and below. No excuse for getting lost for long.
There is a Heli-Reception Room on board, adjacent to the Heli-Hanger. This is for briefings when helicopter operations are taking place, whether that is a safety brief for passengers or a weather/tasking brief for the helicopter crew.
The Conference Room has a nice inlay of the British Antarctic Survey logo.
Final image for this update is from the Shaft Tunnel. The SDA has two propellers and so has two shafts, which are connected to the electric motors at one end and the propeller in the water at the other.
The current plan is that I should be back on board the ship on about 24th February 2021 and then hopefully the ship will be heading north for the Arctic and sea ice trials.
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