FRV Alba Na Mara 1013A

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Alba Na Mara (74NM)
Cruise identifier1013A
Cruise period2013-07-24 — 2013-08-12
Port of departureFraserburgh, United Kingdom
Port of returnFraserburgh, United Kingdom

1. To collect video footage from potential renewables sites to assist in the macro benthos, substrate and biotype identification.
2. To collect grab samples of surface sediments from renewables sites where suitable seabed is encountered.


Providing weather conditions are suitable, MRV Alba na Mara will depart from Fraserburgh on 24 July and proceed to survey the Buchan Deeps renewables site using the drop frame and day grab. Similar survey work will then be undertaken off south west Shetland, west of Orkney, west of Lewis and south west Tiree. RoxAnn transects will guide the deployment of the drop frame TV and where practical, the deployment of an agassiz trawl. The survey work undertaken at the proposed sites will be similar to survey work undertaken on previous surveys. MRV Alba na Mara will complete a half landing at Scrabster on 2 August to exchange scientific staff. On completion of the survey work, MRV Alba na Mara will return to unload at Fraserburgh on 12 August. Normal contacts will be maintained with the laboratory.
Chief scientistMichael R Robertson (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory), Peter Hayes (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Alba Na Mara 1013A cruise programme 1013a.pdf  (0.11 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
Inner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificShetland, Orkney, Lewis, Tiree