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TEAM JOINS SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH CELEBRATIONS

TEAM JOINS SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH CELEBRATIONS
11/07/2018

Houlder has played a key role in the development of the UK’s new polar research vessel, RRS Sir David Attenborough since it was first conceived by the British Antarctic Survey. CEO Rupert Hare will join members of the project team as hull number 1390, comprising 10,000t of steel, is launched at Cammell Laird Shipyard. ‘Splashdown’ will be at 12:20pm, July 14th.
As experts in ship construction, and ice class design in particular, Houlder worked with the British Antarctic Survey and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) initially through the vessel’s concept design and technical specification. The company went on to provide technical support to the procurement process that selected Rolls Royce and Cammell Laird as designer and constructor respectively. Since then, Houlder has provided shipyard supervision and client representation services through its technical support contract. Providing third-party assurance during construction is a role Houlder often undertakes to provide design continuity for owners and operators. For Houlder Naval Architects Chris Bell (pictured below, right) and Rosa Vilariño, this has meant rotating a permanent on-site role at Cammell Laird. David Pugh and Jonathan Hammond (Principal Marine Engineers), Sean Hogarth (Construction Supervisor) and Mike Simpson (Marine Design Consultancy Technical Director) have also played key technical and management roles. They have been joined by a range of specialists from Houlder during the project. These include marine engineers, hull inspectors, electrical engineers and works supervisors. Houlder has also deployed its personnel further afield, to Norway and Vietnam. for example, to test and accept major equipment from the wider supply chain.

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