RRS James Cook

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RRS James Cook at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton.JPG
RRS James Cook in dock at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
Name: RRS James Cook
Namesake: James Cook
Owner: NERC Research Ship Unit
Builder: Flekkefjord Slipp & Maskinfabrikk AS, Norway. Hull built in Gdansk, Poland
Cost: £36 million
Laid down: January 2005
Christened: February 2007 by HRH Princess Royal
Maiden voyage: 5 March 2007
Status: in service
Notes: [1][2][3]
General characteristics
Class & type:

Lloyds +100A1, Ice 1C, FS, +LMC, UMS

DP(AM) Research Vessel
Displacement: ~5800 tonnes
Length: 89.5 m
Beam: 18.6 m
Draught: 5.5 – 5.7 m
Installed power:
  • Wärtsilä 9L20 - 4x 1770 Kw
  • Teco Westinghouse 2x 2500 Kw
  • Bow Thruster: 1200 Kw Super Silent
  • Azimuth Thruster: 1350 Kw
  • Stern Thruster 1: 600 Kw Standard
  • Stern Thruster 2: 800 Kw Super Silent
Speed: 16 knots
Crew: 9 Officers; 13 Crew & Technicians; 32 Scientists
  • Endurance 50 days
  • [4]

The RRS James Cook is a British Royal Research Ship operated by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). She was built in 2006 to replace the ageing RRS Charles Darwin with funds from Britain's NERC and the DTI's Large Scientific Facilities Fund. She was named after Captain James Cook, the British explorer, navigator and cartographer at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton by HRH The Princess Royal.[5]

On her maiden scientific voyage, on 5 March 2007, the RRS James Cook was involved in the discovery of what is believed to be the world's deepest undersea volcanic vents, while in the Caribbean.[6]

In September 2015 while on a cruise studying the seabed and marine life of the Whittard Canyon on the northern margin of the Bay of Biscay, oceanographers believe they pictured the first blue whale in English waters since the mammals were almost hunted to extinction in the north-east Atlantic.[7]


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