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Weekly Edition - Published  21 March 2016


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New Antarctic ship naming campaign

CALL 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 ship".  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 online.   You have until 16 April 2016 to enter your name suggestion!


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