Bespoke turnkey solution aids the build of the RRS Sir David Attenborough polar research vessel

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ALE has utilised its experienced team and in-house design expertise to complete the heavylifting activities for the RRS Sir David Attenborough the new polar research vessel for Britain.

As part of the primary contractor’s, Cammell Laird, full turnkey ship build of the high-profile polar vessel, ALE was appointed to execute the site transportation, load-outs, lifting and barge works of ship sections weighing a combined total of 17,500t in Birkenhead, UK.

Lasting over 15 months, the project was split into several phases with a cost and time-effective solution determined at each stage.

John Davis, Senior Sales Manager for ALE said: “We are extremely proud to be so involved in such a landmark project and it really showcases our ability to provide customised solutions for the shipbuilding industry. The priority was to find the best solution possible at each stage to increase client savings and reduce disruptions to the overall project schedule. All equipment, design and engineering were provided in-house by ALE, with no third parties involved.”

The new research ship is part of a Government polar infrastructure investment programme designed to keep Britain at the forefront of world-leading research in Antarctica and the Arctic. Commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council (part of UK Research and Innovation), built by Cammell Laird and operated by British Antarctic Survey, this is the largest civilian ship to be built in the UK for 30 years and is expected to enter service in 2019.

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