Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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Le Blanc OC478


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: Nov 8, 2011

Woods Hole

Arrival: Nov 12, 2011

Woods Hole

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)

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference
Meeting Notes: NDBC will email a Field Service Plan, Load List and mooring diagram prior to the teleconference.


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

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

  Station 3
  Distance: 75
  Days: .25
  Latitude: 40° 41.5’ N
  Longitude: 72° 2.83’ W

Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NOAA
Grant or contract number: isa 47

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Oceanus

Shipboard Communication

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

Critical CTD Sensors

MET Sensors

Air temperature
Barometric Pressure
Relative Humidity
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:
Winch Notes:
Wires Notes:

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: 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:

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:
Small boat to transfer personnel to the buoys.

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: