The M/V Alta operates bottom trawls, dredges, hydrographic and oceanographic instrumentation, has a range of 600+ nautical miles and a running speed of 9.5 knots. Maximum capacity is 12 passengers plus crew.
The M/V Alta was built in 1981-82 by Little Hoquiam Shipyards, WA. The fibreglass design is by Monk with modifications by Jack Sarin. Funding for the M/V Alta was provided through the University of Calgary by the Devonian Group of Charitable Foundations and the Province of Alberta.