RRS James Clark Ross Computing Facilities

General Use PCs

  • Four general purpose PC workstations with dual core processors, minimum 1Gb RAM, 40Gb Hard drive, Windows XP Professional, 19″ flat screen, DVD writer.
  • PSO’s cabin : Dual Core PC with 19″ flat screen, DVD writer
  • A4/A3 colour scanner


Local Area Network (LAN)

  • 10Mb throughout the ship over Cat5e Twisted Pair with RJ45 LAN access ports.
  • If providing your own PC/Laptop (both work and personal), network cables are available on board. The Radio Officer will assist you in connecting your PC/laptop to the LAN providing you have a sufficiently secure machine with the correct hardware and software (anti-virus is required for all operating systems including MacOS). If you are unsure, it is better to contact the IT helpdesk at BAS Cambridge prior to departure for more information. (Contact the Helpdesk on +44 (0)1223 221447 or send an email to [email protected])


Wide Area Network (WAN)

  • BAS provides a 24 hour satellite link of 128Kb (IE probably twenty times slower than your broadband link at home). This has to handle the traffic for everyone on base, including Voip telephone calls, work data, remote access, web browsing and email. Many people bring web “toys” south only to find they do not work as well as they might hope.
  • Skype and webcams are strongly discouraged. As a general rule, internet activities involving text work OK, ones involving photos are very slow and ones based on video are un-usable.



  • 1 x HP1055cm A0 colour inkjet plotter
  • 1 x HP4700dn A4 Colour Laser printer with duplex unit
  • 1 x HP2055dn A4 Black and White Laser printer with duplex unit
  • B&W A4/A3 photocopying is available in small quantities

There are enough plain paper and toner cartridges for average use of the printers/plotters. If you consider that you may need more than average or a particular paper/transparency stock, then this must be arranged before the ship sails each year; preferably in July during stock checks.


Unix Based Facilities

  • General Use linux = CentOS
  • General Use unix = Solaris 10
  • Packages available : mb, rvs, scs, pstar, ddd, emacs, ffmpeg, gmt, gsd, meld
  • Contact [email protected] for further details


Underway Logging System (SCS)

Current devices being logged:

  • Ashtech ADU5 3D GPS system
  • Furuno GP32 GPS system
  • Ashtech GPS/GLONASS based positioning system
  • Seatex Seapath 320+ GPS system
  • Simrad EA600 Bathymetric Echo Sounder
  • Ships ultrasonic anemometer
  • Ships Chernikeef electromagnetic speed log
  • Ocean logger (BAS designed environmental data logger)
  • Ships Sperry Doppler speed log
  • Ships Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler
  • Winch system (CLAM)
  • Konsberg em122 centre beam depth

Additional devices can be logged to the central system via an RS232 NMEA data stream (max. resolution 1 second).


  • The standard operating system for workstations is Windows XP Professional.
  • Windows XP Home and Windows Vista are not supported by BAS systems. Windows 7 can be accommodated.
  • Software packages to networked PCs include:
  • Microsoft Office 2007 Professional
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • ArcGIS
  • Hummingbird Exceed
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Corel Graphics Suite X4
  • Winzip
  • Sophos Anti-Virus

All software installed on BAS PCs must be licensed and work related. Other software found on the PC’s will be removed.



  • You must supply your own backup media. This includes portable hard drives, floppy disks, DVD or CD-R media.
  • There is a limited supply of A4 paper for printing purposes.



  • The NetWare Server is backed up daily to LTO tape. All files that you place on your N: drive (personal account space) will be backed up.
  • The unix systems are backed up daily to LTO tape.
  • No backups are taken of the PCs local hard drives. You are responsible for backing up any files that you place on the PC local drives.
  • At the end of a cruise, all science data will be returned to Cambridge.


Novell NetWare Account

Upon request you will be allocated with a Netware account and 1Gb of backed up network disk storage for your personal/work use. The account and all files will be deleted upon leaving the ship. A unix/linux account can also be arranged upon request.



There are two options;

  • Use one of the general use PC’s that has internet access to access web based email.
  • Use the BAS in-house system called the Antarctic Message System (AMS). The AMS gives a much better experience and can be accessed from any PC connected to the network.The AMS can be connected to any NERC Exchange account or any IMAP service such as gmail. Many research institutes and email providers do not allow IMAP access so you may wish to forward email to a gmail account that does. Please contact [email protected] for more information and make sure this is setup before you arrive on station.
  • You should bring with you the full e-mail addresses of all those people that you wish to contact (both personal and work). Once you are South it may be difficult to ‘lookup’ email addresses.
  • The maximum size for any email both work related and personal is currently 10Mb, but please try to keep all emails/images much smaller. A standard text only email is about 5Kb.
  • All your e-mail will be deleted once you leave the Ship. Emails can be exported to another program prior to this; the Radio Officer can explain this to you when you are on board. Note you will need at least one writable CD/USB stick or external hard drive in order to do this.


Telephones — Personal Use

  • A telephone calling card must be used when making personal calls.
  • BAS recommend the BT Odyssey Card but there are many other cards that can be purchased online.
  • BT Odysey Application Guidance
  • BT Odyssey Application Form
  • It is recommended that you purchase a calling card prior to arriving on station.


Personal Computers

You may bring your own laptop computer with you to the ship and connect it to the network, subject to the following conditions:

  • Windows XP Professional is fully supported on BAS Laptops, although Windows 7 can be accommodated.
  • Windows XP Home and Windows Vista are not supported by BAS systems.
  • Windows installations must have functioning anti-virus software, which is capable of regularly updating over the Internet as new virus threats emerge.
  • Windows must be updated with the latest security patches released by Microsoft and distributed via Microsoft Update.
  • You must make your laptop available for inspection by the Radio Officer, or a member of the ICT section, before connecting it, in order to verify that these pre-requisites are met.
  • All Laptop users should bring with them all driver and recovery disks related to their equipment.
  • Mac users can expect to be able to access some shared network drives and printing, but ICT support is not available on this platform.
  • Make sure software licenses work when disconnected from the network.



  • If you are bringing your own laptop on board it must have up to date anti-virus software on it. For personal use, we recommend Microsoft Security Essentials.