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Mariners

British Antarctic Survey currently operates two ships, the RRS James Clark Ross and the RRS Ernest Shackleton, both of which operate in the Southern Ocean during the Austral summer season. They 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.

Dave Peck, Bosun from RRS James Clark Ross drives a humber towards Signy Station during the opening of the station.
Dave Peck, Bosun from RRS James Clark Ross drives a humber towards Signy Station during the opening of the station.

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.