Labs and workshops

Innovative solutions to meet the changing needs of science include reconfigurable laboratory space to meet evolving science needs over the lifetime of the vessel and docking stations for containerised laboratories. The RRS Sir David Attenborough will have a total of more than 750 m² of built-in laboratory space, a significant increase over the space available on RRS James Clark Ross.

LaboratoryArea (m²)# of workstations
Aerosol met lab102
Atmospheric science lab454
Winch control room515
Data suite577-10
Science hangar162
Wet lab404
Deck lab565-7
CT lab 1293-6
CT lab 2 / store252-4
Clean lab252
Scientific walk-in freezer (-20C)12
Scientific walk-in fridge (4C)19
Main lab11516-19
GP lab354 – 6
Rough workshop40
Uncontaminated saltwater lab12
Salinometer lab101
Dark room112
Gravity meter room5.2


In addition to this laboratory space, the ship will also have space for at least 10 scientific containers. Of these, at least two can be placed indoors in the hangar, and two can open directly into the wet lab.

Additionally, the RRS Sir David Attenborough will have a range of laboratory and scientific equipment on board:

  • Liquid nitrogen generator
  • Uncontaminated seawater sampling systems and water purification systems
  • Fume cabinets and fume hoods
  • Laminar flow cabinet
  • Gravity meter
  • Inertial Navigation Unit outputting position, heading, roll, pitch, depth, velocity, and heave and connected to a GPS navigation system.