FRV Alba Na Mara 0613A

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Alba Na Mara (74NM)
Cruise identifier0613A
Cruise period2013-05-13 — 2013-05-21
Port of departureFraserburgh, United Kingdom
Port of returnFraserburgh, United Kingdom

To determine what influences seabird's diving behaviours in the high-energy environments favoured for tidal stream turbine installations.


Loading of equipment will take place on 13 May with personnel joining the vessel on the morning of 15 May. On completion of safety drills and vessel tours, Alba na Mara will sail and make passage to Orkney and anchor overnight before starting the survey the following morning. Alba will sail for the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Nursery Site in Shapinsay Sound, or to the EMEC Test Site in the Fall of Warness area, to conduct an acoustic and visual seabird survey (details of transect positions and survey methods will be provided and discussed with the skipper and SIC before work commences). On completion of work in this area (estimated three to four days), Alba will leave the Orkney sites and return to Fraserburgh for off loading on the morning of 21 May.

EMEC Risk Assessments have been completed and permission to enter both test sites has been applied for. Contact with EMEC will be maintained as required for the duration of the survey.

If time permits or if weather or vessel traffic in the survey area prevents surveying, fishing with the PT 154 pelagic trawl may be carried out in an area near to Shapinsay Sound and to the NW of the EMEC Test Site in the Fall of Warness, ensuring that no contact is made with any hardware installed on the seabed.

Normal contacts will be maintained with the Laboratory.
Chief scientistMichael Stewart (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Alba Na Mara 0613A cruise programme 0613a.pdf  (0.11 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea