Britains 200million pounds polar research ship!

Posted: 08/05/2014

George Osborne, the Chancellor, has revealed that the government plans to fund a polar research vessel for £200million that he believes will help benefit the economy.

The Chancellor has said that this investment will push Britain to the forefront in researching the Arctic Oceans and the Antarctic.

The new ship is said to be operated by the British Antarctic Survey and is going to be replacing two of the UK’s current ships. This new ship will be capable of taking longer expeditions than the current research vessels.

On board the ship will be laboratories equipped with the latest innovative technology which includes underwater gliders and robotic submarines. These will be used to collect data on ocean conditions and marine biology. This robotic technology is hoped to help lead to new advances of industries.

Osborne believes that it is essential that Britain maintains a presence in the polar oceans as it is one of the few parts of the world where there is still so much to discover.

Mark Simmonds, Polar Regions minister, has said that “A new state-of-the-art polar research flagship will extend the UK’s capability and reach in polar waters.  It also makes explicitly clear our long term commitment to maintaining our presence and scientific excellence in South Georgia, the South Sandwich Islands and the British Territory.

On Friday during the Chancellors’ speech, he stated he will launch a discussion with scientist to inform them of the government’s decision to allocate £7billion budget for big capital projects.

This consultation is being held to make sure that enough money is given to areas scientists agree will generate the best prospects for businesses.

David Willetts, Science Minister, has also commented on the government’s plans saying "Today's launch of our consultation on future capital investment is a historic opportunity for British science. The next five years will see the largest ever sustained capital spend on science investment. Our scientists can identify the next Crick Institute or the next equivalent of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology for us to invest in."

What are your thoughts on the government’s plans? Do you believe this is a wise investment for Britain? 

Kirsty Rogers, Pali Ltd

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