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Splashdown in Liverpool!

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Saturday 14 July 2018 from 12.00 noon

Want to watch an incredible feat of engineering this summer?  If so, go to Liverpool’s Albert Docks or Otterspool Park for a great view of 10,000 tonnes of steel going down Cammell Laird’s slipway.

The new polar research ship for Britain

Hull number 1390 will become the RRS Sir David Attenborough. As she enters the water for the first time marvel at this 10,000 tonne, 129 m long hull created from over 1 million pieces of steel.  When she comes into service in 2019 this next-generation polar marine science platform will provide the UK with a world-leading capability for research in both Antarctica and the Arctic.

The keel was laid in October 2016.  After the hull leaves the construction hall it will go into dry dock where the superstructure will be added.

Construction timelapse

Watch the story so far in this amazing timelapse video.

CGI showing the completed RRS Sir David Attenborough

Please note that there is no public access to Cammell Laird shipyard.

The event will be live-streamed here: www.bas.ac.uk/live