ship naming campaign
for schools and the public to put their town on the map by naming the UK's
newest polar research ship. Shackleton… Endeavour…. Falcon. These are
just some of the names put forward for the UK's next world class, polar
research ship as part of a campaign inviting the public to "name this
The £200 million vessel will help put the UK at the forefront of ocean
research for years to come. She will join a fleet of research ships
belonging to NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) Together they will
provide the UK with the most advanced floating research fleet in the world.
So this is a chance to make your mark, by suggesting a name you'd like to
see on the side of the ship when she sets off for the Antarctic in 2019.
When she's ready, the ship will be deployed in both Antarctica and the
Arctic, and will be able to spend up to 60 days at sea at any one time to
let scientists gather extended observations and data. She will also be the
first British built polar research vessel with a 'helideck'.
The ship will be operating in 1 of the world's most challenging global
environments so the name needs to be inspirational. Ships are generally
referred to as female and a suitable name could come from a local historical
figure, movement or landmark.
The ship is being funded by the government and will be constructed in
Merseyside at the world famous Cammell Laird shipyard. Entrants can
suggest as many names as they wish, with a short explanation about why this
name should be chosen
You have until 16 April 2016 to enter your name suggestion!