RRS SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH UPDATE PAGE

 Updated 25th January 2020

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It has been several months since my last update on the progress of the RRS Sir David Attenborough and a lot has happened during that time.

Much of the work being carried out is in the finishing off of the internal spaces.  This involves putting insulation on to the steel bulkheads and then putting up the final bulkheads and deckheads and (walls and ceilings),  laying the deck (floor) and fitting the furniture.  This is the view inside on of the scientist two berth cabins.

My cabin is also being fitted out and I am now getting a good idea of what it will be like.  One of the differences between this cabin and my cabin on the James Clark Ross is that the new bathroom has  a heated floor!  Pure comfort!

Another view of my cabin.  You will notice that everything still has protective coverings, which will remain in place until all the work is complete.  This covering also serves as a handy place for notes to be written for those working on fitting out,  with notes of where things are to be fixed.  The small monitor on the bulkhead by the wardrobe is part of the Engine Room Management System and is installed in all the Engineer cabins.

Nine decks below my cabin is the Engine Room,  although the SDA actually has two identical spaces which,  should one fail,  will not affect the second.  Recently the covers protecting the engines and alternators have been removed and all the engines have been run and are currently under test.

Both lifeboats have been lifted on board and are now secure in their davits.  One improvement on lifeboats that I have sailed with in the past is that they are fitted with toilets,  similar to those normally found in caravans.

Also recently installed is the davit,  the launching mechanism,  for the cargo tender Terror.

 

 

 

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