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: Oct 23, 2010

Bridgetown, Barbados

Arrival: Nov 2, 2010

Woods Hole, MA

Operations Area

Lat/Lon: 15° 15.366′ N / 68° 14.266′ W
Depth Range: 4520 / max (m)
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Just outside the EEZ line of Puerto Rico
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

Objective will be to successfully deploy the next NOAA DART BUOY #42407.
At position LAT 15 - 15.366 N LONG 068 - 14.266 W.
Depth of 4520 meters.

Science Activities

NOAA DART mooring technicians will conduct the deployment on board Oceanus in conjunction with the ships crew.  Deployment will take aproximately 4- 8 hours and will need to remain on station aproximately 12 - 16 hours subsequently to monitor the mooring and calibrate the tramsmission from the buoy.

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference
Media personnel on board: none


  Dart Buoy 42407
  Distance: 520
  Days: 24
  Latitude: 15° 15.37’ N
  Longitude: 68° 14.27’ W

Supporting documentation:

Notes: 2 day transit to station. ETA am Oct 25
1 day deployment work. ETD station pm Oct 26
Stop offshore (at least 3nm) San Juan Puerto Rico to have mooring techs disembarked by shore side vessel.  OCT 27. 
Oct 27 depart San Juan for Woods Hole.


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 75 kHz
ADCP 150 kHz

Critical CTD Sensors

Storage Notes: none


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


Mooring / TSE winch
Winch Notes: We will be using the NOAA capstan that was used on the previous cruise in September.

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?no
Describe deployment method and quantity:

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

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

Checklist & Notes


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

Attn: Scientist's Name
c/o DaCosta Mannings Inc.
St. Michael

Contact:  Glyne St. Hill, Manager
Email: gsthill@dmishipping.com
Phone:(246) 430-4804
Fax: (246) 431-0051

Contact:  David Priddee, Operations Manager
Email Address: dpriddee@dmishipping.com
Tel. no. (246) 430-4819
Cell no. (246) 231-5348

Contact:  Arlin Kellman, Assistant Operations Manager
Email Address: akellman@dmishipping.com
Tel. No. (246) 430-4825
Cell no. (246) 230-4353

Primary Contact:  Anthony Oliver, Operations Coordinator*
Email Address: logistics@dmishipping.com
Tel. no. (246) 430-4881
Cell no. (246) 231-5382
Fax: (246) 431-0878

*Note: All requests and correspondence should be sent to Anthony Oliver at the email address above with copies to David Priddee and Arlin Kellman.

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

Attn: Scientist's Name
c/o WHOI
266 Woods Hole Rd.
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Contact: Eric Benway
Phone: (508) 289-3770
Fax: (508) 457-2185
Email: ebenway@whoi.edu
Barbados - no science work taking place inside EEZ. Only embarkation
NOAA will provide all BOL's and Commerical invoices for their gear and have for arrival into Woods Hole Ma. Nov 2.
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Rob Hagg (m)
Loading: afternoon of Oct 22nd ( 4 - 6 hrs)
Using Decosta Mannings as agent for their container and gear.

Off loading gear will be in Woods Hole Nov 2 -3, 2010.