Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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R/V Oceanus

Cruise Party

Karen Grissom: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
NOAA/NDBC Bldg 3202 Rm 111A Stennis Space Center, MS United States 39529
+1 228 688 1325

Departure: Sep 18, 2010

Gulfport MS

Arrival: Sep 26, 2010

Woods Hole, MA

Operations Area

~135 nm SE of Fire Island
Lat/Lon: 39° 29.23′ N / 70° 35.63′ W
Depth Range: min / max (m)
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? n/a
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

Oceanus will be the ship of opportunity to recover a NOAA DART buoy #44402 that is adrift off station ~ 130 nm SE of Fire Island NY.  Once recovered they will redeploy a new DART Mooring buoy #44402 that will have acoustic release capability.

Science Activities

Recover drifiting buoy 44402 then redeploy replacement buoy 44402.

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference


  Station 1
  Distance: 1660
  Days: 12-24 hrs
  Latitude: 39° 29.23’ N
  Longitude: 70° 35.63’ W

Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NOAA
Grant or contract number: ISA000

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Oceanus

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
ADCP 150 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz

Critical CTD Sensors

MET Sensors

Wind speed and direction
Storage Notes: Only storage issue could be gear / equipment from Montoya cruise stored main lab area.


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no
How many nets? 0
How many tansponders? 0
Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation? no
Winch Notes: NOAA provided their own capstan for this operation.  This is what the DART Program regulary usess for these operations.  
-NO TSE Winch.

Standard Oceanographic Cables

Slip ring required? no Number of conductors: 
Non-standard wire required? no Type: 
Traction winch required? no Describe: 

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: no Type: 
Cruise Specific Science Winch Required: yes Type: NOAA Capstan
Nets Required: no Type: 

Over the Side Equipment

Will you be bringing any equipment (winches, blocks, etc.) that lowers instruments over the side? yes
NOAA will bring snatch hooks and snatch blocks.
SSSG shipped down a "D6" Tugger for the deployment and recovery.

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: no Identify: 
Equipment Handling: no Identify: 
Inter/intraship Communications: no Identify: 
Science Stowage: no Identify: 
Water: no Identify: 

Additional Cruise Items/Activities

Explosive Devices:no
Portable Air Compressors:no
Flammable Gases:no
Small Boat Operations:no
SCUBA Diving Operations:no

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized?yes
Describe deployment method and quantity:
batteies for electronics

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?no
Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
Other required equipment and special needs:

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: no
Date Submitted:
Date Approved:
Agent Information:

Master:  R/V OCEANUS
Attn:  Scientist's Name - OC468-3
Fillette Green Shipping Services (USA) Corp.
261 N. Conception Street
Mobile, AL   36603

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 1842
Mobile, AL   36633
Phone:  (251) 375-2224
Fax:  (251) 423-6813
Email: mob@fillettegreen.com

Contact:  John Chaulk
Cell:  (251) 379-6597

WHOI NOTE:  Agent and WHOI contacts should be copied on all communications.  It is requested that shipping information of any equipment be communicated to the Agent and
WHOI contacts.

Eric Benway
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Assistant Marine Operations Coordinator
266 Woods Hole Road, MS 37
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Telephone: 508-289-3770
Fax:  508-457-2185
email:  ebenway@whoi.edu
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Catie Graver
Loading will take place Sept 17th.
2 NOAA trucks will arrive along side the vessel around 1000 -1100 hrs that day.
1 mooring will be already assembeld off site and will be ready to go.
2 large crates containing 2500m 3/4" nylon rope. 
7 pairs of floatation balls
1 acoustic release
2 anchors @ 3000 lbs each.
DEMOB will take place on Sunday Sept 26 and Mon 27.
NOAA will make shipping arrangements out of WHOI.