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Construction for RRS Sir David Attenborough has formally begun after Sir David Attenborough kickstarted the opening ceremony by laying the ship s keel in Merseyside today.

The UK s £200m research ship will cruise around the polar regions to investigate the impacts climate change has on the oceans.

It is commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council NERC .

Attenborough launched the traditional maritime keel-laying process by commencing the first 100-tonne hull unit to be lifted to the construction berth by crane.

Speaking at the ceremony, he said it was an honour to be invited to the keel-laying ceremony.

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