Buoy cruise bonus: near perfect weather

Greetings from Woods Hole! The Delaware II is currently pier side after a successful 8-day leg in the Gulf of Maine servicing NERACOOS buoys. The ship docked Tuesday morning after transiting from Massachusetts Bay to recover and deploy the last buoy of the cruise, Buoy “A”.   A quick port call to Portland, Maine was made Sunday afternoon,  April 15, to offload and reload NERACOOS buoys and equipment onto a flatbed truck.

buoys on back deck

Chief Scientist John Wallinga (right) and Scientist Charles Fikes (left) repositioning Buoy “F” on the back deck of the Delaware II. (Photo by ENS Shannon Hefferan, NOAA)

mussels on buoy

Mussels are attached to the near-surface instrument cage on a recovered mooring. (Photo by ENS Shannon Hefferan, NOAA)

Our weather was almost perfect for recovery and deployment operations for the entire cruise—only one recovery during the evening hours had to be delayed till the next morning due to 20 knot (kt) gusts in West Penobscot Bay.  Our junior officers really enjoyed this cruise because it gave them the chance to grow in their ship handling skills.

Ensign Shannon Hefferan
Operations Officer
NOAA Ship Delaware II

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