Cruise inventory

FRV Scotia 1208S_2

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Scotia (748S)
Cruise identifier1208S_2
Cruise period2008-10-09 — 2008-10-16
Port of departureAberdeen, United Kingdom
Port of returnAberdeen, United Kingdom

1. To survey sites in connection with offshore wet renewables development within the Pentland Firth. Contingency survey work is included, undertaking the same survey work outside the Pentland Firth. This includes sites around the Northern Isles, west of the Isle of Lewis and indicative offshore wind sites located in the Moray Firth and opposite the Firths of Tay and Forth.


Scotia will depart from Ullapool on Thursday 9 of October. The nature of the work will be heavily dependant on the prevailing weather and tidal conditions encountered. The proposed survey work for the Pentland Firth is very similar to the work undertaken in 2007 except the aerial extent of the survey sites will be smaller. The survey work will involve a series of transects collecting swathe and RoxAnn data, the deployment of the TV drop frame and, where practical, the deployment of the day grab. Prior to each of the swathe surveys a sound velocity profile will be recorded. Transects will also be completed collecting current velocity data using the hull mounted ADCP over 13 hour periods.

The sites outside the Pentland Firth will be surveyed in the same manner as above but may also include the deployment of the Agassiz trawl and TV sledge providing sea bed conditions are suitable.

Scotia will return to Aberdeen on 16 of October to disembark staff participating in 1208S, Part 2. All equipment from Part 2 of the cruise will remain on board for the following cruise unless damaged.
Chief scientistPeter Hayes (Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Coordinating bodyFRS
Cruise programmeFRV Scotia 1208S_2 cruise programme 1208s_2.pdf — access key 'C' (0.02 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificNorthern Isles, west of the Isle of Lewis, Moray Firth, opposite the Firths of Tay and Forth.
Data held at BODC 
1  Bottom pressure sensor tide gauge
Sea level
Date and time
Sea level
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BODC idDate/TimeLocationDoc.
8963772008-10-10 00:35  — 2008-10-12 12:55 58° 39' 19" N  3° 19' 2" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 896377