Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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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: Jun 25, 2011

Morehead City, NC

Arrival: Jul 8, 2011

Woods Hole, MA

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.

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference
Meeting Notes: Will send CD of DART deployment


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

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

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

Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NOAA
Grant or contract number: ISA 47

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Oceanus

Shipboard Equipment

ADCP 75 kHz
Bathymetry System 12 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
How many nets? null
How many tansponders? null
Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation? no
Navigation Notes:


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Mooring / TSE winch
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
Wires Notes: Acoustic tansducer for communicating with acoustic release, lowered by cable approximately 15 ft depth, weight approx. 10 lbs.

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: 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


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:

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: