FRV Clupea

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FRV Clupea
FRV Clupea operating in a Scottish sea loch
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Name: Clupea
Namesake: Clupea
Builder: Hall, Russell & Company, Aberdeen
Yard number: 940[1]
Laid down: 1968
Refit: 1988
Homeport: Fraserburgh
Fate: Sold
General characteristics
Displacement: 381.68 t (376 long tons)
Length: 32.1 m (105 ft 4 in)
Beam: 7.39 m (24 ft 3 in)
Draught: 3.51 m (11 ft 6 in)
Propulsion: Lister Blackstone ERS 8M 492 kW (660 hp)
Speed: 11.5 knots (13.2 mph; 21.3 km/h)
Endurance: 12 days
Complement: 16

FRV Clupea is a small, inshore fisheries research vessel, formerly of the Fisheries Research Services. She was based at the port of Fraserburgh and operated mainly on the Scottish west coast on behalf of the Scottish Executive.


Clupea was commissioned in 1968. Measuring 32 m (100 ft) and drawing 3.5 m (11 ft 6 in), she is a good size for conducting research inside the constricted space of a sea loch. For research in offshore areas and the North Sea, the larger, more modern, FRV Scotia is used.

Clupea has been replaced by FRV Alba-Na-Mara.[2] She has been sold to a private company.[citation needed]

the rebuilt Sea-Watch 2 leaving Hamburg in March 2016

In 2016 Clupea was sold to the German NGO Sea Watch, who wants to provide a civil sea rescue service for refugees in the Mediterranean. The vessel was renamed Sea-Watch 2 and shall be used for SAR missions. [3]


Clupea is equipped with winches, reel drums and an A-frame, allowing her to tow a range of fishing gear. Deck cranes allow the deployment of water sampling equipment and benthic grabs.

As a small vessel requiring space for equipment and laboratories, Clupea can only accommodate four officers, six crew and six scientists.


  1. ^ "Clupea". Aberdeen Built Ships. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "FRV Clupea". Trawler photos. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Sea-Watch buys new ship for SAR missions". Sea-Watch e.V. Retrieved 26 February 2016.