Princess Royal names new research vessel

Designed by staff and students in the University’s School of Marine Science and Technology, the new boat will play a major role in the University’s drive to focus on sustainability, providing vital data about our coastal waters and informing future decisions about marine conservation zones.

In an official ceremony on Newcastle’s Quayside, HRH The Princess Royal named the new state-of-the-art research vessel which will also be an important asset for teaching marine scientists of the future.

Officially naming the vessel, Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, said: "This is very important for Newcastle University and for furthering our knowledge of the marine environment.
"It is my absolute pleasure to name this boat The Princess Royal.  God bless her and all who sail in her."

Professor Richard Birmingham, head of the School of Marine Science and Technology at Newcastle University, said they were “delighted and honoured” that Her Royal Highness had agreed to attend the event and perform the official naming ceremony.

“In the fields of marine science and technology, Newcastle University is one of the premier academic institutions in the world delivering research and educational programmes of significant value to the marine sector regionally, nationally and internationally.

“The new research vessel is a significant addition to the state-of-the-art marine research facilities that we already have here at Newcastle University.

The new boat will replace the Bernicia which was finally taken out of commission last year after more than four decades of biological sampling.

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More photos and further information about the vessel may be found on the School website.

published on: 28th September 2011