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Tioga: Stormbuoy Repair 1/28/16


R/V Tioga

Cruise Party

Glen Gawarkiewicz: Principal Investigator, Chief Scientist
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Clark 343C, MS#21 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2913

Departure: Jan 28, 2016


Arrival: Jan 28, 2016


Operations Area

off Scituate, MA
Depth Range: min / max (m)
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? no

Science Objectives

repair storm buoy off Scituate, MA

Science Activities

- recover buoy:
I suggest we use two snap hooks. My gear has one, and Ian said last week he has a second. We hook the buoy as usual on its bail, and bring it up slightly out of the water using Tioga winch (run by Ian as usual) until a second pick point on the battery stem becomes available. We hook the second pick point with the second hook (Frank) to get a tag line for steadying the buoy as we bring it on deck.

Once on deck, the buoy repair entails:
- remove one of four solar panels (4 screws, 7/16 wrench required)
- cut tie wraps securing cable
- remove two hex hed screws (3/16 Allen wrench) from top mast
Install the new wind sensor, using reverse steps

Re-deploy buoy, again using a tag line to help tilt the buoy to guide the buoy out the A-frame.

Buoy coordinates:
42 Deg. 13.02'  = 42.2170 Deg. N
70 Deg. 41.94'  = 70.6990 De W

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Visit WHOI
Meeting Notes: I had to chose something to submit this request.


  Station 1
  Distance: null
  Days: null
  Latitude: 42° 13.02’ N
  Longitude: 70° 41.94’ W

Supporting documentation:


Funding Agency: NOAA
Grant or contract number: 37023300

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Tioga

Shipboard Equipment


Equipment Deployment

What type of equipment will you deploy?
surface buoys deployment and recovery
What are the dimensions?
10' tall , 3' diameter (guess; can verify later with older G1 currently at WHOI)3
What is the weight in air?
about 500 lbs

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized?no
Describe deployment method and quantity:

Additional Information

Brief operations description or comments:
Other required equipment and special needs:

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: no
Date Submitted:
Date Approved:
Agent Information:
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech: