A MEGA-SHIP worth £200 million named after renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough anchored in Harwich.

The RRS Sir David Attenborough arrived at its home port in Harwich under the pilotage of senior Harwich Haven Authority pilot Nick Thomas on Tuesday.

It provided residents of the town their first glimpse of the state-of-the-art British Antarctic Survey boat, which can accommodate 60 scientists and 30 crew members.

The ship is undergoing sea trails before it is signed off for crucial polar missions.

Sir David Attenborough described the decision to name the ship after him as the “greatest of honours” and called it “a key to the future salvage of our planet.”

Captain of the impressive ship, John Harper, said: “We’re very excited to be in Harwich for the first time, and are grateful to Harwich Haven Authority for its warm welcome.

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