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Research ships

Two ice-strengthened Royal Research Ships, the RRS James Clark Ross (JCR) and the RRS Ernest Shackleton (ES) support Britain’s Antarctic and Arctic operations. In September/October of each year both vessels sail to Antarctica from the UK and return the following May/June for annual refit before JCR deploys to the Arctic and ES undertakes commercial charter work. The ships are registered at Stanley in the Falkland Islands.

RRS Ernest Shackleton

Used mainly for transporting staff and cargo to research stations. On charter when not in Antarctica