'Boaty McBoatface': RSS Sir David Attenborough sets sail for sea trials

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The cutting-edge polar research ship the RRS Sir David Attenborough — which the British public attempted to name "Boaty McBoatface" — has set sail for the first time, in an event widely covered by the British media.

The 122-meter-long vessel will conduct sea trials before being handed over to the Natural Environment Research Council in November. In 2021 it will embark on its maiden voyage to the Antarctic to study the effects of climate change.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Depiction of the RRS Sir David Attenborough on a mission in the Antarctic
2. Depiction of the RRS Sir David Attenborough sailing through ice
3. Facilities, features and scientific instruments of the RRS Sir David Attenborough
4. Depiction of the RRS Sir David Attenborough's long-range submarine, "Boaty McBoatface"

VOICEOVER (in English):
"The cutting-edge polar research ship the RRS Sir David Attenborough — which the British public attempted to name 'Boaty McBoatface' — has set sail for the first time. The 122-meter-long and 22-meter-wide vessel will conduct sea trials before being handed over to the Natural Environment Research Council in November. In 2021 it will embark on its maiden voyage to the Antarctic to study the effects of climate change."

"The Polar Class 4 icebreaker will be able to break one-meter-thick ice covered in 20 centimeters of snow up at speeds of three knots. Its diesel electric propulsion system was chosen to minimize the environmental impact of emissions and noise."

"The Attenborough boasts state-of-the art facilities, including accommodation for up to 90 scientists and crew, two six-cylinder and two nine-cylinder Rolls-Royce Bergen diesel engines, a helipad and hanger for two helicopters, and a lifeboat and rescue boat."

"The Attenborough will travel with the work boat Erebus and the cargo tender Terror. It has a 'moon pool,' a vertical hull that makes it easier to deploy scientific instruments such as remotely operated underwater vehicles in rough seas or ice-covered polar waters."

"The aft deck houses a large cargo crane and winch system. These can deploy a CTD Rosette, an oceanography instrument used to measure seawater, and heavy rock drills that sample soft sediment and rock up to 2,000 meters underwater."

"The British Antarctic Survey originally put the Attenborough's name up for a public vote and the public responded by choosing 'Boaty McBoatface.' The British government did not like that name, but it has instead been given to the ship's long-range unmanned submarine."

SOURCES: Reuters, Natural Environment Research Council, BBC News, The Independent, Marine Technology News
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-boat-attenborough-idUSKBN2761YV
https://nerc.ukri.org/planetearth/stories/1934/
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-54597767
https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/david-attenborough-uk-polar-ship-arctic-ice-boaty-mcboatface-b1210495.html
https://www.marinetechnologynews.com/news/research-vessels-fleet-553253