Scientists and technicians on board the RRS Sir David Attenborough will be heading towards a modernised research base infrastructure when the vessel sets sail for the Antarctic in 2019.
Ramboll has been appointed as technical advisor for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) to assist with upgrades to a wharf and jetties at the UK’s research stations.
The engineers will face temperatures as low as -60°C.
“We are incredibly excited to be working with such a ground-breaking research organisation. BAS and Ramboll share many goals, including our desire to innovate and collaborate to deliver long-standing solutions that help both people and nature to flourish in our changing world,” said Ramboll project director Dave Grove.
The company will also help relocate BAS’s Halley VI Research Station on the Brunt Ice Shelf in western Antarctica. Halley VI is under threat from a giant ice chasm that could swallow the base – a move is scheduled for late 2016 or 2017.
“The UK Government is making a major investment in Britain’s polar research capability. The commission by NERC of the RRS Sir David Attenborough provides an opportunity to modernise and upgrade our Antarctic infrastructure,” said BAS director of operations Tim Stockings.
“The appointment of Ramboll brings specialist expertise to our in-house teams. We look forward to working together to develop and deliver well-engineered facilities that meet our shared ambitions for sustainability and excellence.”