FRV Alba Na Mara 0615A

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Alba Na Mara (74NM)
Cruise identifier0615A
Cruise period2015-04-28 — 2015-05-05
Port of departureFraserburgh, United Kingdom
Port of returnFraserburgh, United Kingdom

1 To test and compare a variety of TV & HD cameras and associated lights.
2 To integrate a digital camera and new laser projector (optimise camera settings for use with laser & flash).
3 Staff training in the deployment, operation and recovery of a VideoRay ROV, including integration of a micro-USBL tracking system.
4 To assess a commercial 3-D laser imaging system (Savante Ltd).- possibly
5 Calibrate the EK60 system for FLOWBEC
6 Monitor the ship's mains power supply to compare outputs on harbour and main generator sets


Scientific equipment will be transported to Fraserburgh on 25 April. The TV cable will be loaded onto the winch, the over-side transducer pole fitted and lab equipment installed. If necessary, set-up will be completed on 27 April or when staff join Alba na Mara during the morning of 28 April. ROV trials will start in the Moray Firth in areas of sandy sea-bed and 30 m depth with the vessel at anchor. Subsequent instrumentation and TV trials will continue as conditions permit. The stability of the ship's mains supply will be monitored while under different load. The ship will return to Fraserburgh at the end of each day for equipment configuration and to review data. During the second half of the survey, the vessel will sail to Orkney or Loch Erribol to calibrate the EK60 system and hull transducers. After the trials, Alba na Mara will un-load equipment in Fraserburgh on 5 May.
Chief scientistChris D Hall (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory), Eric Armstrong (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Alba Na Mara 0615A cruise programme 0615a.pdf  (0.02 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificMoray Firth