Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire

NWS Buoys 44066, 44025, 44017


R/V Oceanus


Cruise Party

Lex LeBlanc: Principal Investigator, Chief Scientist
Bldg. 3205, Stennis Space Center Stennis Space Center, Mississippi US 39529
+1 228 688 7465

Departure: Woods Hole on Nov 7, 2011

Arrival: Woods Hole on Nov 12, 2011

Mobilization Date: Nov 6, 2011

Demobilization Date: Nov 12, 2011

Supporting documentation:


Operations Area: Atlantic off New Jersey


Depth Range: 35m / 80m

Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? N\A
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science objectives

November cruise to service three (3) NWS buoys? The stations are 44066, 44025, and 44017 ( http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=44017). All these stations are non operational 3-meter discus buoys.

Station 44066 is adfift from station and is a straight deployment.
Station 44025 is a buoy exchange
Station 44017 is service visit to repair topside damage.

My rough estimate is the service will take 5 days. 

The 3m buoys are 4000 lb with an 8500 lb anchor?

Science Activities

Load the vessel at Woods Hole
44066 - Deployment of a 3m dsicuss buoy approximate location (39*-34'-50"N, 072*-36'-00"W)
44025- Exchange 3m buoys approximate location (40*-15'-00"N, 073*-10'-00"W)
44017 - Service to restore the station approximate location(40*-41'-30"N, 072*-02'-50"W)

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Teleconference

NDBC will email a Field Service Plan, Load List and mooring diagram prior to the teleconference.


  Station 1
  Distance: 75
  Days: .25
  Latitude: 40° 41.5’ N
  Longitude: 72° 2.83’ W

  44025 New York Approach
  Distance: 130
  Days: 0.5
  Latitude: 40° 15.0’ N
  Longitude: 73° 10.0’ W

  44066 Texas Tower #4
  Distance: 145
  Days: 0.5
  Latitude: 39° 35.0’ N
  Longitude: 72° 36.0’ W

Funding Agency: NOAA #isa 47

- added NOAA #isa 47 on Sep 30, 2011 8:37 AM by Lex A LeBlanc

R/V Oceanus

Shipboard Communication

Is there a need to transfer data to shore on a regular basis?
Is there a need to receive data from shore on a regular basis?
Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

Critical CTD Sensors: 

MET Sensors

Barometric Pressure
Air temperature
Relative Humidity
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:

Winch Notes:
Winch Notes:
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: no Type: 
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

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes: no

Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise? no

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): 

Other required equipment and special needs: Small boat to transfer personnel to the buoys.
Date Submitted: Sep 30, 2011 8:37 AM by Lex A LeBlanc