Cruise inventory

FRV Alba Na Mara 1612A

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Alba Na Mara (74NM)
Cruise identifier1612A
Cruise period2012-09-21 — 2012-10-04
Port of departureOban, United Kingdom
Port of returnOban, United Kingdom

1. To collect video footage from Crown Estate lease areas to assist in the macro benthos, substrate and biotype identification.
2. To trial mulitbeam echosounder on Alba Na Mara.
3. To locate lost RDCP in Loch Linnhe.


Providing weather conditions are suitable, MRV Alba Na Mara will depart from Oban on 21 September to undertake a search for a missing RDCP in Loch Linnhe. The vessel will return to Oban to disembark P Copland on 21 September before heading for southwest Tiree to groundtruth the Argyll offshore windfarm site using the dropframe TV.

On completion of the groundtruthing at southwest Tiree, passage will be made to southwest Mull of Kintyre to repeat the groundtruthing survey work. If conditions are favourable, multibeam survey work will be trialed off the Mull of Kintyre

Contingency work may include surveying in Kyle Rhea or around Islay. MRV Alba Na Mara will complete a port call at Oban to exchange scientific staff on 28 September. On completion of the survey work, MRV Alba Na Mara will unload at Greenock on 4 October 2012. Normal contacts will be maintained with the laboratory.
Chief scientistPeter Hayes (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Alba Na Mara 1612A cruise programme 1612a.pdf — access key 'C' (0.09 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralInner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
SpecificLoch Linnhe, southwest Tiree, southwest Mull of Kintyre
Track chartsFRV Alba Na Mara 1612A cruise track — 1612atrk.pdf (0.08 MB)