Welcome to the first RRS Sir David Attenborough, SDA, update page.Having transferred from the RRS James Clark Ross I started working on the SDA build on 3rd December 2018.

The SDA is being built at the Cammell Laird yard in Birkenhead and by the time I transferred across the hull had been constructed and launched into the River Mersey,

then moved into dry-dock.  It is now that the vessel is being fitted out, to make her ready for sea.


The RRS Sir David Attenborough on my first day at Cammell Laird.

I hope to update this page from time to time with more information on the RRS SDA

The information below was written earlier in the year.

In late 2017 construction started on the new polar research vessel Sir David Attenborough.  This will be the largest ship built for the Natural Environment Research Council and operated by the British Antarctic Survey.

The vessel was launched in July 2018 and moved to a dry dock,  where the final construction and fitting out work will be completed. 

The bow section of the new ship,  May 2018.

The accommodation block is the final block to be fitted.  This will be carried out following the launch of the hull in July 2018.

The River Mersey has been dredged and a slipway has been constructed for the launch.

The stern section,  see in October 2017.  Since this picture was taken the hull has been moved 40m out of the shed to allow the bow to be fitted.

Construction on the aft deck of the vessel.