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FRV Alba Na Mara 0312A

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Alba Na Mara (74NM)
Cruise identifier0312A
Cruise period2012-02-28 — 2012-03-12
Port of departureFraserburgh, United Kingdom
Port of returnFraserburgh, United Kingdom

1. To undertake sub-bottom profiling of the Crown Estate lease areas for offshore wave development. The sites will focus on the north coast of Scotland west of Orkney and south-west Shetland.
2. To collect video footage from the Crown Estate lease areas to assist in the macro benthos, substrate and biotype identification.
3. Contingency work has also been indentified for additional EMEC renewable test facilities (Sound of Eday and Shapinsay Sound) and SNH MPA work to the east of Shetland.


Providing weather conditions are suitable, FRV Alba na Mara will depart Fraserburgh harbour on 28 February for southwest Shetland. The visitors involved in the sub-bottom profiling work will also join the survey at Fraserburgh with the MSS staff.

If, at the start of the survey the weather conditions for southwest Shetland are poor, survey work will focus on the north coast of Scotland to make best use of the time available before moving on to Shetland. The survey area is out side the Pentland Firth. Once a weather window is available the vessel will make passage to SW Shetland.

If the weather forecast for the second half of the survey is poor, the vessel will make a port call allowing BGS staff to disembark and additional reserve MSS staff to join the survey.

RoxAnn transects will guide the deployment of the drop frame TV and, where practical, the deployment of a day grab and Agassiz trawl. The survey work undertaken at the proposed sites will be similar to survey work undertaken on previous surveys.

On completion of the survey work, the vessel will return to unload at Fraserburgh Harbour.
Chief scientistPeter Hayes (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Alba Na Mara 0312A cruise programme 0312a.pdf — access key 'C' (0.29 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificNorth coast of Scotland west of Orkney, south-west Shetland
Track chartsFRV Alba Na Mara 0312A cruise track — 0312atrk.pdf (0.28 MB)