Out 17, 2016
Ceremony to mark start of Attenborough polar ship construction
Construction of the UK's new £200m polar research ship, the RRS Sir David Attenborough, formally begins on Monday at Cammell Laird on Merseyside.
A ceremony will see a crane
lower a near-100-tonne segment of keel on to blocks on the firm's slipway. The
ship is intended to be at work by 2019.
The vessel is already well known owing to the online vote to name it, which saw the public choose Boaty McBoatface.
An autonomous submarine deployed by the ship will be given that name instead.
The government decided that recognition of BBC TV presenter and naturalist Sir David Attenborough for the main vessel would be more fitting.
"The name Boaty has been preserved and will be whizzing around Antarctica for years to come, alongside me I'm happy to say," chuckled the veteran broadcaster.
And then, more seriously, he added: "I know that the work they will be doing onboard the new polar ship will be important, not only for science but for the whole world, because what happens down in the Antarctic is crucial for what happens to the climate of the Earth."
By Jonathan Amos
BBC Science Correspondent
Photo by Rolls-Royce