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An introduction to BAS Ships for Research Cruise Participants Chris Hindley Ship Operations Manager

RRS James Clark Ross undertakes most of the marine science research for BAS: 

RRS James Clark Ross undertakes most of the marine science research for BAS Length 99m x 19m breadth Built 1990 for BAS 28 Officers and Crew Service speed 11.5 knots Does BAS Antarctic science from Oct-May and science in other areas such as the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Caribbean but mostly in the Arctic between June and September for NERC


Length 80m x 17m breadth Operated by BAS since 1999 Service speed 10.5 knots 21 Officers and Crew RRS Ernest Shackleton performs most of the logistics tasks in support of BAS Antarctic Stations

HMS Endurance: 

HMS Endurance Is a Royal Navy ship - not a BAS ship 120 Officers and crew Helicopters Carries 2 x Navy Lynx Antarctic/sub-Antarctic Role UK Presence Hydrographic Survey Support to BAS Science, mainly by supporting shore parties with boats and helicopters and assisting with BAS logistics


Master/Captain Chief Officer 2nd/3rd Officer Electro Technical Officer (ETO) –Comms Boatswain (Bosun) Able Seamen (ABs - Deckhands) Chief Engineer Officer 2nd/3rd/4th Engineer Officer Electro Technical Officer (ETO) Motormen Purser Chief Cook 2nd Cook Stewards Doctor (on most voyages) Looking after all plant and machinery Navigation, cargo, deck & Science operations Looking after your comfort In charge! Supporting your science Deck Engineer Officer Scientific Deck Officer Instrumentation Engineer AME IT/Comms Engineer Who’s Who Onboard


The sailors motto! One Hand for yourself and one for the ship Remember ships move around even in calm conditions. Get your sea legs Jobs which are easy on dry land can become hazardous at sea.


4 Berth Cabin on James Clark Ross


2, 3 and 4 berth cabins En-suite bathrooms Limited storage space Consideration of others, be tidy and safe Space is more limited on Ernest Shackleton

Your Safety is Paramount – one of the lifeboats and some liferafts: 

Your Safety is Paramount – one of the lifeboats and some liferafts


We practice emergency routines regularly. Follow all safety rules Attend all safety drills promptly Treat all drills as if your life depends on it – it might do We take your safety seriously. - Please do the same. We have to be our own emergency services

Fast Rescue Boat: 

Fast Rescue Boat

Snow and ice: 

Snow and ice Whatever the conditions - Wear the proper protective clothing - Listen to the crew they are professional seafarers


Very good food Meal times may be staggered Do not wear workwear in the saloon Tell BAS well before you join if you need a special diet There is a Self Service Saloon on Ernest Shackleton And a Traditional Saloon on James Clark Ross

The Saloon on James Clark Ross : 

The Saloon on James Clark Ross If you do not have time to change there is a Duty Mess If there are a lot of people onboard there may be 2 sittings for meals


Christmas Dinner on Ernest Shackleton

Day rooms / lounge areas – Ernest Shackleton: 

Day rooms / lounge areas – Ernest Shackleton 3 lounge areas: the Red Room is the bar the Green room is used for videos and the Yellow room is the quiet room


Scientists & Officers Bar on James Clark Ross Tick sheet to sign for drinks. Good Social meeting place Always clear up after yourself


BAS has a very strict Alcohol and drugs policy Be Safe Be Responsible Be Sensible


Make your own entertainment – the crew haven’t got time to organise it for you But don’t wake the Watchkeepers !

What we expect from you: SAFETY AWARENESS !!!!!!!!!!!!!! : 

What we expect from you: SAFETY AWARENESS !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read the Lab Code of Practice


One way to work off all that good food! Sometimes science parties help with logistics work. You will not be asked to do anything with which you are not comfortable


PASSPORT !!!!!! Personal Survival Training Certificate (original if you are planning to work on deck) Small binoculars, camera and lots of film Music, books, diary, sports gear Shop on board: toiletries, chocs, sweets, limited film, sometimes T-shirts, hats, etc. USE SUNSCREEN Tips, Suggestions and Essentials


Follow BAS guidelines and crew instructions Come home safely – and with lots of data


The following pictures show both ships and some general activities James Clark Ross


All hands on deck for cargo work – Ernest Shackleton

Deploying the Multinet: 

Deploying the Multinet James Clark Ross


Trawling James Clark Ross

CTD Operations: 

CTD Operations Starboard side of James Clark Ross

Supporting Ice Diving: 

Supporting Ice Diving James Clark Ross


RRS James Clark Ross enjoying a fine evening at sea

Rock Drilling: 

Rock Drilling James Clark Ross

Carrying Cargo to the Antarctic Bases – James Clark Ross also does logistics: 

Carrying Cargo to the Antarctic Bases – James Clark Ross also does logistics


James Clark Ross


Starboard Gantry on James Clark Ross


A Science team in action – James Clark Ross


A Dingle Day at Halley – Ernest Shackleton


A view from the James Clark Ross in the Arctic


Ernest Shackleton and “George” the security guard!


Remember – Safety first, read and understand Risk Assessments Follow all guidelines, procedures and instructions No short cuts that compromise safety If you see any operation that is unsafe – STOP THE JOB Report ALL accidents, incidents and Near Misses A safe cruise is a successful cruise. Any questions – email

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