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FRV Alba Na Mara 1009A

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Alba Na Mara (74NM)
Cruise identifier1009A
Cruise period2009-06-22 — 2009-06-28
Port of departureFraserburgh, United Kingdom
Port of returnFraserburgh, United Kingdom

1. Undertake 'work up' dives and basic rescue training

2. Train personnel in the operation of the manned Towed Underwater Vehicle (TUV III) aboard the FRV Alba na Mara

3. Test all TUV operational systems

Loading & Transportation

The Alba na Mara was loaded in Fraserburgh on Wednesday 17 June with fishing gear, diving equipment, diving gas, TUV, cables and communications equipment in preparation for departure on Monday 22 June 2009. On the same day, containerised equipment was transported directly to Lossiemouth harbour and sited on the North Pier. A shore base, including secure containers and changing facilities, was established at Lossiemouth harbour.

The Diving Team and equipment travelled from the Marine Laboratory on Thursday 18 June, rendezvousing at Burghead Harbour at 1000. The launching slip at Lossiemouth Harbour is currently being renovated, so the RIB was launched at Burghead and sailed around to Lossiemouth on Thursday 18 June.

Operation A: Preliminary Training Operations

Operation A began on 18 June 2009 at Lossiemouth. Weather conditions prevented any diving, but training with the new diving boat ("Dignity") continued as planned. Coxswains familiarised themselves with the operational procedures for the boat and practiced close quarter manoeuvres in the harbour. They also took the opportunity to practice manoeuvres with the boat in the moderate swell that had developed offshore, including simulating "man over boat" drills. Work up dives and rescue training were postponed until Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 June 2009 and were conducted in shallow water (<20m) off the Halliman and Covesea Skerries (Site 1).

Staff returned home for the weekend of 20-21 June 2009: leaving Lossiemouth on 19 June 2009 at 1300 and returning for 1000 on 22 June 2009

"Work-up dives" are for re-familiarising the diver with using appropriate diving equipment at the anticipated working depth.
Operation B: TUV Tr
Chief scientistMike Breen (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Project10240 (FRDIV1)
Cruise programmeFRV Alba Na Mara 1009A cruise programme 1009a.pdf — access key 'C' (0.03 MB) 
Cruise reportFRV Alba Na Mara 1009A cruise report 1009a.pdf — access key 'C' (0.05 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificNorth Sea