British Antarctic Survey currently operates the RRS James Clark Ross in the Southern Ocean during the Austral summer season and in the Arctic. As the ship is coming to the end of its operational life it will be replaced by the RRS Sir David Attenborough. Research ships support our ambitious marine science programme and also play an important role in the relief of our five Antarctic research stations, delivering staff, supplies and equipment.
Mariners on BAS ships work in the challenging waters of the polar oceans, but also in some of the world’s spectacular scenery. The Antarctic continent is only accessible to shipping during the summer months of November to March. During this time, the Antarctic offers long hours of daylight, relatively mild temperatures and breathtaking views.