FRV Alba Na Mara 0213A

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Alba Na Mara (74NM)
Cruise identifier0213A
Cruise period2013-01-30 — 2013-02-13
Port of departureFraserburgh, United Kingdom
Port of returnFraserburgh, United Kingdom

1. To undertake multibeam and RoxAnn survey of the Billia Croo facilities and the newly proposed EMEC site located in Stronsay Firth.
2. To collect video footage and day grabs (where appropriate) from the same sites to assist in the macro benthos, substrate and biotype identification.
3. Contingency work has also been indentified by SNH for additional video footage to be collected from Noss Point and Orkney.


Providing weather conditions are suitable, MRV Alba Na Mara will depart from Fraserburgh harbour on 30 January for Orkney. The sites will be surveyed according to the prevailing weather conditions encountered.

The Stronsay site will be surveyed taking into consideration the tidal conditions. Multibeam work may require a series of transects boring the tide. Every other transect will be completed and once the tide has turned the transects will be filled by boring the tide from the opposite direction.

RoxAnn transects will guide the deployment of the drop frame TV and, where practical, the deployment of a day grab. The survey work undertaken at the proposed sites will be similar to survey work undertaken on previous cruises. The TV work will have to factor in the tidal activity for some areas which may limit deployment to slack water.

On completion of the survey work, the vessel will return to unload at Fraserburgh Harbour on 13 February. Normal contacts will be maintained with the Laboratory.
Chief scientistMichael R Robertson (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Alba Na Mara 0213A cruise programme 0213a.pdf  (0.03 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea