Scientific moon pool

RRS Sir David Attenborough

A new polar ship for Britain

The ship will feature a scientific moon pool for the flexible and reliable deployment and retrieval of scientific equipment such as remotely operated vehicles and autonomous underwater vehicles.

A moon pool – a vertical shaft (~4m x 4m) running through the vessel and open to both the air (at deck level) and sea (at the hull). Using a moon pool, scientific equipment can be lowered and raised in and out of the water through the centre, and thus most stable part, of the ship. This is both easier and safer than deploying equipment over the side or stern, particularly in the rough seas characteristic of the polar oceans.

A wide range of equipment can be deployed including:

  • Bongo Nets
  • Aquapack
  • Whale Listening Hydrophone
  • Optic Profiling Rig
  • Go Flo bottles
  • HyBis
  • Sediment Corer
  • Sound Velocity Probe
  • BGS Box Corer
  • UKORS CTD
  • BAS Box Corer
  • BAS Gravity Corer
  • WASP Camera Sledge
  • VMP (freefalling profiler)
  • BAS CTD
  • ISIS ROV
  • Mammoth Nets
  • Shallow Underwater Camera System
  • Acoustic Drop Keel
  • BGS rockdrill
  • BGS Gravity Corer
  • BGS Orientated Rock Drill
  • BGS Box Corer
  • RD2 rockdrill
  • RD3 Rock Drill
  • BGS Vibrocorer
  • BGS Battery Vibrocorer 3m version
  • BGS Battery Vibrocorer 4m version
  • BGS Battery Vibrocorer 6m version