NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) has launched a campaign for public to name its new GBP 200 million polar research ship.
The new research vessel is being built at Cammell Laird, and it is set to sail in 2019.
The most popular name chosen by the public has been RRS Boaty McBoatface.
The name was suggested by James Hand, who tweeted an apology for his proposal, being the most popular choice.
According to NERC, the vessel’s name should be “inspirational name that exemplifies the work it will do. The ship could be named after a local historical figure, movement, or landmark – or a famous polar explorer or scientist.”
Universities & science minister, Jo Johnson, has commented on the campaign launched by NERC: “Can you imagine one of the world’s biggest research labs travelling to the Antarctic with your suggested name proudly emblazoned on the side? The polar research ship represents a leap forward in securing Britain’s place as a world leader in marine and climate change science – and illustrates this government’s commitment to invest in research facilities on a record scale.”
NERC informed that the closing date for all entries for the campaign is April 16, 2016. The final name will be selected by NERC.
Once ready in 2019, the ship will be deployed in both Antarctica and the Arctic, and will be able to spend up to 60 days in sea-ice.