FRV Alba Na Mara 1513A

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Alba Na Mara (74NM)
Cruise identifier1513A
Cruise period2013-10-24 — 2013-10-30
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 21 October. Personnel will join the vessel on the morning of 24 October and on completion of safety drills and vessel tours, Alba na Mara will sail and make passage to Deer Sound. On arrival the vessel will go to anchor in a suitable location and remain there while the EK60 is calibrated overnight (estimated to take in the region of 4-6 hours). On completion of this task and depending on the weather conditions, 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 and a half to four days), Alba will leave the Orkney sites and return to Fraserburgh for off loading on the morning of 30 October.

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 length of the survey.
Chief scientistEric Armstrong (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Alba Na Mara 1513A cruise programme 1513a.pdf  (0.30 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
Track chartsFRV Alba Na Mara 1513A cruise track — 1513atrk.pdf (0.24 MB)