RRS Ernest Shackleton

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This article is about the Royal Research Ship built in 1995. For historical ship launched in 1954, see RRS Shackleton.
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RRS Ernest Shackleton
Career (UK)
Namesake: Ernest Shackleton
Owner: GC Rieber Shipping
Operator: British Antarctic Survey
Builder: Kværner Klevin Leirvik A/S, Leirvik, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway
Yard number: 267
Launched: 1995 as MV Polar Queen
Homeport: Stanley, Falkland Islands
Identification: IMO number: 9114256[1]

MMSI Number: 740357000

Callsign: ZDLS1
Status: in service
Notes: [1][2][3]
General characteristics
Class and type: Royal Research Ship
Displacement: 4,028 tonnes (Gross)
5,455 tonnes (loaded)
Length: 80 m (262 ft)
Beam: 17.0 m (56 ft)
Draught: 6.15 m (20 ft)
Ice class: DNV ICE-05
Installed power: 2 x Bergen Diesel BRM 6 each 2550 kW
Propulsion: Thrusters : 816 Hp x 3 + 1088 Hp x 1 + 1 Azimuth 1088 Hp[1]
Speed: 11 kn (20 km/h), max: 14 kn (26 km/h)
Range: 40,000 nmi (74,000 km)
Endurance: 130 days
Complement: 72 including crew

RRS Ernest Shackleton is a Royal Research Ship operated by the British Antarctic Survey. She is primarily a logistics ship used for the resupply of scientific stations in the Antarctic.


Launched in 1995 as MV Polar Queen for GC Rieber Shipping, she was operated in the Antarctic by other national programmes. The British Antarctic Survey acquired her on a long-term bareboat charter in August 1999 and renamed her RRS Ernest Shackleton after the British polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.[4] She replaced RRS Bransfield.


RRS Ernest Shackleton is ice strengthened with a double hull construction and is capable of a wide range of logistic tasks as well as having a scientific capability. She has a cargo tender "Tula" on deck for ship to shore transfer of equipment when the ship cannot berth alongside.[4]


RRS Ernest Shackleton is primarily a logistic ship, used for the resupply of the Survey's Antarctic research stations. She loads cargo and science equipment in the Humber and sails to the Antarctic in September/October each year, returning in May/June. After annual refit/drydock, Ernest Shackleton is chartered for commercial survey work for the northern summer.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c Mike Gloistein. "RRS Ernest Shackleton". Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
  2. ^ "Technical Data - RRS Ernest Shackleton". British Antarctic Survey. Retrieved 2007-08-20. 
  3. ^ "BAS Public Information Leaflet - Ships". British Antarctic Survey. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
  4. ^ a b "RRS Ernest Shackleton". British Antarctic Survey. Retrieved 2007-08-30. 
  5. ^ "BAS Research Ships". BAS. Retrieved 2007-08-30. 

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