Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire

Atlantic DART Cruise


R/V Oceanus


Cruise Party

John Blackmon: Chief Scientist
Organization Name Bldg 3203 Stennis Space Center, MS USA 39529
+1 228 688 2262

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

Departure: Morehead City, NC on Jun 25, 2011

Arrival: Woods Hole, MA on Jul 8, 2011

Mobilization Date: Jun 23, 2011

Demobilization Date: Jul 9, 2011

Supporting documentation:


Operations Area: Northwest Atlantic

Lat/Lon: 37° 33.8′ N / 50° 0.5′ W

Depth Range: 2443 / 5392

Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? no

Science objectives

Annual service of three DART buoys in the north Atlantic. The DART buoys are the Deep-Ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami station used for the early detection of tsunamis and to acquire data for real-time inudation forecasting.

Science Activities

Deploying three buoys with complete mooring, recover and deploy three bottom pressure recorders, recover one mooring and possibly recover 1-2 drifting buoys (depending upon their position). In addition, a full ocean depth CTD cast is required at each station, along with current profiles within a 60 nm radius of each station collected with hull-mounted ADCP.  An echo sounder (or similar) depth measurement is required at each buoy location.

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Teleconference

Will send CD of DART deployment


  Distance: 130
  Days: 1.0
  Latitude: 39° 23.95’ N
  Longitude: 70° 56.5’ W

  Distance: 1000
  Days: 1.00
  Latitude: 37° 33.8’ N
  Longitude: 50° 0.55’ W

  Distance: 250
  Days: 1.0
  Latitude: 32° 55.75’ N
  Longitude: 72° 29.75’ W

Funding Agency: NOAA #ISA 47

- added NOAA #ISA 47 on May 3, 2011 5:38 PM by Karen Grissom

R/V Oceanus

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

CTD/Water Sampling

911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors

Critical CTD Sensors: 

MET Sensors

Wind speed and direction

Storage Notes:


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no

Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation? no

Navigation Notes:


Mooring / TSE winch
CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire

Winch Notes: Deck winch: 12,000 pound capacity bear-drum winch
Crane: Knuckle-boom crane is preferred, minimum capacity of 8,000 lbs at maximum reach
A-Frame: Clearance of 18 ft vertical and 12 ft horizontal
Winch Notes: Acoustic tansducer for communicating with acoustic release, lowered by cable approximately 15 ft depth, weight approx. 10 lbs.
Slip ring required? no Number of conductors: 
Non-standard wire required? no Type: 
Traction winch required? no Describe: 

Other Science Vans:

Specialized Deck Equipment

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

Over the Side Equipment

Will you be bringing any equipment (winches, blocks, etc.) that lowers instruments over the side? no

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:
Lithium batteries in portable hazmat locker.

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes: no

Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise? yes

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): Possible night time deploymnet of buoy and or BPR, but not recovery.

Other required equipment and special needs: 
Date Submitted: May 3, 2011 5:55 PM by Karen Grissom