In July the British Antarctic Survey research ship JAMES CLARK ROSS paid a visit to Glasgow to load stores and equipment. She had just completed a refit at Portsmouth and once ready to leave the Clyde, headed to Spitsbergen, north of Norway, to conduct a seabed survey. The ship was built in 1990 at the Swan Hunter yard on Tyneside and is fitted with diesel electric propulsion, driving a single screw. She is 99m long and carries a crew of 28, plus up to 31 scientists. Following her survey in Arctic waters, JAMES CLARK ROSS will be heading south to the Falkland Islands and her home port of Stanley.