Isle of Wight boat builders to supercharge the British Antarctic Surveys seakeeping

Long Read

Isle of Wight boat builders Island RIBs has been commissioned to build two 7.5m RIBs designed for the harsh environment of the Antarctic. The new boats, which will be deployed by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), are designed to offer high levels of sea keeping ability, stability and...

RRS Sir David Attenborough (aka ‘Boaty McBoatface’) leaves the River Tyne

Long Read

Yesterday the stern section of the new polar research ship for Britain, the RRS Sir David Attenborough, was transported by barge from Hebburn-based shipyard A&P Tyne (Newcastle) to Cammell Laird's shipyard in Birkenhead. While the project marks a large government investment in 'frontier science' actually moving the...

HMS Queen Elizabeth – Royal Navy’s largest ever warship – sets sail

Long Read

The Royal Navy's largest ever aircraft carrier left its home port for the first time on Monday. The HMS Queen Elizabeth - is the first of two new carriers (built at Rosyth dockyard in Fife) to set sail and begin sea trials. The ship passed under...