Another Clydebuilt ship arrived today, in the form of the Fisheries Research Services' SCOTIA, a highly specialised ship built by Ferguson Shipbuilders in 1998. Based usually at Aberdeen, she operates mainly in North Sea and North-eastern Atlantic waters, undertaking fish stock assessment and environmental surveys. Bristling with scientific equipment and sensors, considerable attention was paid during her design and construction to reduce her noise signature to extremely low levels. SCOTIA is 68.60 metres in length, and has a crew of 17, plus 12 scientists. This 2,916 gross ton ship is driven by an advanced diesel electric propulsion system, and a single screw.