Rock drilling capability
RRS Sir David Attenborough can deploy a number of rock drills, including those in the British Geological Survey’s sampling equipment pool.
Rockdrills are made up of portable seafloor drills deployed from the stern or sides of the ship. They can sample tens of metres soft sediment and rock in water several thousand metres deep. Examples include the British Geological Survey ‘RD2’ system which can core up to 50m below the sea bed in a maximum of 4,000m of water and the German MARUM MeBo system.