A SHIP named after England's most renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough has anchored in Harwich.

Harwich Haven Authority got its first glimpse of the new British Antarctic Survey vessel, named RRS Sir David Attenborough, as she arrived on Tuesday in Harwich Port.

The state-of-the-art vessel can accommodate 60 science officers and a total of 30 crew members.

Captain John Harper said: "We're very excited to be in Harwich for the first time, and are grateful to Harwich Haven Authority for their warm welcome.

"We've spent the past few weeks at sea carrying out various test and trials and it's been brilliant getting to know the ship and its capabilities ahead of its first polar mission."