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JUL 2017

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24 st / July 2017 tions, the RRS Sir David Attenborough vessel requires lead- ing-edge design and concepts in its architecture, including innovative battery technologies to assist with reduced emis- sions, while enhancing efficiencies and profitability. Be- tween the vessel's outstanding fuel efficiency, as well as use of robotic technologies managed from afar, it is anticipated the ship will curtail the overall environmental impact of vessels used for scientific research. Further, over its 25-year working life, it is predicted the new polar research vessel will generate a savings of more than £100 million in operat- ing costs. Reliability for Remote Regions Due to its hostile environment, isolated location and vast inaccessibility, the Southern Ocean has the least amount of available data reports compared to other primary oceans. With the RRS Sir David Attenborough's intended voyages there, it will be able to fill in some data gaps—but there can be no compromise on the reliability and safety of the ship. Saft's high-power batteries are specially designed for ap- plications in which it is not easy to escape your transporta- tion vehicle. Thus, Rolls-Royce entrusted Saft to design and manufacture the battery systems to accompany its hybrid propulsion systems. Saft prides itself on end-to-end collaboration and works extensively with all its customers to provide precise sup- port before and after the manufacturing of the battery sys- tem. Saft delivers made-to-measure battery designs, lifetime modeling and customized testing, installation, after-sales support for maintenance, software interfacing and monitoring, and ongoing staff training, even in the most remote waters. With instant gratifica- tion and the continually evolving digitalization of today's world comes the urgency for means to com- municate over long dis- tances and with immense amounts of data. The ex- pansion of the IoT and interconnectivity enables more complex, data-heavy applications, including intricate battery systems. Saft's e- Supervision tool is the answer to delivering data-heavy remote battery diagnostics. It provides custom- ers with crucial data in real time from a remote location. The tool enables the battery system owners to secure alerts and investigate happenings without having to be in the presence of the system. Accommodating digitalization, the new polar research vessel will serve as a platform for numerous intelligent sci- entific instruments. The RRS Sir David Attenborough will be Britain's first polar research vessel hosting a moon pool. Ex- tending through the vessel, and opening at both deck and sea level, the vertical trough supports the maneuvering of scientific equipment in the middle, and most steady, section of the ship. Compared to the sides or stern with uneasy wa- ters, the center of the ship provides safety and stability. De- The 128-m-long ship is under construction at Cammell Laird's site in Birkenhead on Merseyside in England. The construction of the vessel has created hundreds of jobs and apprenticeships in the region. The contemporary design will boast one of the world's most advanced seaborne laboratory fa- cilities, accommodating various sectors including, but not limited to, geophysics, oceanography and marine ecology. The vessel will house up to 90 people, including research teams and crew members, with ample space for cargo. Earlier in 2017, the vessel gained world recognition with its naming contest, which resulted in "Boaty McBoatface" as the winner, later over-ruled in favor of "Sir David At- tenborough," a tribute to Sir David, a well-known British broadcaster, and his dedication to nature and science. He hosted several wildlife documentaries on the BBC. At the time of the naming announcement, it was revealed the U.K. government will supply £1 million for a Polar Explorer pro- gram, encouraging future generations to be involved with environmental science. With the inevitable adaptations required in the civil ma- rine industry as a result of stringent environmental regula- Saft's Seanergy 48 Rack battery system.

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