Thought I had posted about this ship earlier, but when I went to add an update from MarineLink on installation of the engines, I found that was not the case. RRS Sir David Attenborough is perhaps most famous as the subject of a social media search for a ship name that resulted in the most votes going to Boaty McBoatface.
It is expected to provide logistics support to support a British presence in Antarctica as well as break ice to a thickness of 1.5 meters at a minimum speed of 3 knots.
- Displacement: 15,000 Gross Tons (only a little smaller than USCGC Healy, a little larger than Polar Star)
- Length: 128.9 meters (423 feet)
- Beam: 24 m (79 ft).
- Draft: 7 m (23 ft)
- Integrated propulsion and ship service engines/generators: two 3,600 kW (4,800 hp) 6-cylinder Bergen B33:45L6A and two 5,400 kW (7,200 hp) 9-cylinder Bergen B33:45L9A main diesel generators, a 885 kW (1,187 hp) harbor generator and two 2,500 kW battery systems.
- Propulsion motors: four 2,750 kW (3,690 hp) for 11,000kW or 14,760 HP (about half that of USCGC Healy and less than 20% that of Polar Star on turbines)
- Range: 19,000 nautical miles (35,000 km; 22,000 mi) at 13 knots
- Accommodations for 90 with a crew of 28.
- Facilities to land a helo, but I have seen no indication of a hangar.