FRV Clupea

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FRV Clupea
FRV Clupea operating in a Scottish sea loch
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Name: FRV 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 of Fisheries Research Services, which operates mainly on the Scottish west coast, on behalf of the Scottish Executive, and is based at the port of Fraserburgh.


Commissioned in 1968, the Clupea is nearing the end of its operational life. Measuring 32 m (100 ft) and drawing 3.5 m (11 ft 6 in), the Clupea 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.

The Clupea has now been sold to a private company.[citation needed]


The Clupea is equipped with winches, reel drums and an A-frame, allowing it to tow a range of fishing gear, as well as deck cranes allowing the deployment of water sampling equipment and benthic grabs.

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


  1. "Clupea". Aberdeen Built Ships. Retrieved 21 February 2010.