Ship Request

STR Management has moved to MFP

The US Academic Research Fleet is moving to Marine Facilities Planning (MFP) for scheduling initially and eventually cruise planning.

For all NEW or RESUBMITTED Projects/Ship Time Requests, go to and create a new SME. Some STRs for projects starting in 2022 and beyond have already been moved to Marine Facilities Planning ( Check your MFP Science Portal for any projects that might already be moved. If you need to make edits to projects that begin in 2022 and beyond, please contact for assistance. Be sure to indicate the Project and STR IDs that you would like to edit. For more information on getting into MFP, see the More Information button below.

  Coastal inertial dyn  -  2020  -  Blue Heron  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Collaborative Research: Coastal inertial-band dynamics: separating forced and free responses in a natural laboratory Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Samuel Kelly, UMN_LLO Project Institution: UMN_LLO
Project ID: 105198 Version #: 2
Date Submitted: 2/12/2016 12:15:00 PM Created By: Samuel Kelly
Date Last Modified: 7/15/2016 1:21:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/PO - 1635560 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: The project will examine near-inertial currents and turbulence in Lake Superior, near Grand Marais, MN. The field work will consist of three traditional mooring recoveries and redeployments in 150-200 m of water during the summers of 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. During the summer of 2017, three additional standard moorings will be deployed and recovered as well as four Wirewalker moorings. Turbulence profiling time series and repeat transects of near-inertial currents will be incorporated in all of the cruises. Three 8-day cruises are requested during 2017 to maximize sampling while the large mooring array is deployed.
Summary of Facility Requirements: We require a standard CTD rosette, hull-mounted ADCP, and sufficient deck space and an A-frame for mooring deployments and recoveries. An over-the-side pole is needed to mount an ADCP that can measure near-surface velocities. An electrical connection and gunwale space are needed to power and mount an electric winch for turbulence and fast T-P profiling. Sufficient crew is needed for 24-h mooring and profiling operations.
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1008319 Created By: Samuel Kelly
Date Last Modified: 7/15/2016 9:09:00 AM Date Submitted: 2/12/2016 12:15:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2020 Ship/Facility: Blue Heron
Optimum Start Date: 8/15/2020 Dates to Avoid: The cruise must take place during strong summer stratification, in order to sample inertial oscillations.
Earliest Start Date: 7/20/2020 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 9/20/2020 Other Ship(s): N/A

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
5 0 0 0 5
Repeating Cruise?
(within same year)
No Interval:   # of Cruises:  

Description of Repeating cruise requirements: N/A
Justification/Explanation for ship choice, dates,
conflicts, number of days & multi-ship operations:
The R/V Blue Heron is needed to recover and redeploy 3 moorings and profile turbulence. The cruise should take place during strong summer stratification to observe inertial oscillations. Five days are requested to allow for steaming time between sites, 1/2 a day of bad weather, time for instrument turn-over and ADCP compass recalibration, and ship-board turbulence sampling for several inertial periods.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Lake Superior
Description of Op Area: US waters in the western basin of Lake Superior
Op Area Size/Dia.: 100
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
47.247° N / 87.568° W map
153 map
GL04 map
47.247° N / 87.568° W map
153 map
GL04 map
  Show Degrees Minutes    
Foreign Clearance and Permitting Requirements
Foreign Clearance Required? No Coastal States:

 Important Info on Foreign Research Clearances  

Are you or any member in your science party bringing in any science equipment items which are regulated for export by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR)?
No If yes, have you applied for the necessary permits through your export control office? No
 Questions about ITAR/EAR regulations?

Comments about foreign clearance requirements or
description of any other special permitting requirements
(e.g., MMPA, ESA, IHA, Marine Sanctuaries, etc.)
Port Calls
Requested Start Port Intermediate Port(s) Requested End Port
Duluth, MN, USA None, , None, Duluth, MN, USA
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
Duluth is the nearest port to the study site..

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Samuel Kelly, UMN_LLO
# in Science Party 7 # of different science teams 1 # Marine Technicians to be
provided by ship operator:
(include in science party total)
Explanation of Science Party Requirements and Technician Requirements The cruises will involve deploying and recovering moorings and 24-h profiling currents, temperature, and turbulence. A 6 person science party is needed to provide two 3-person shifts during 24-h profiling, and assist with programming/downloading instruments for the moorings. A technician is needed to lead deck operations and occasionally operate the CTD and monitor the hull-mounted ADCP.
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Unselected Dynamic PositioningSelected ADCPUnselected MultibeamUnselected Seismic
Unselected Dredging/Coring/Large Dia. Trawl WireUnselected Stern A-frameUnselected Fiber Optic (.681)Unselected 0.680 Coax Wire
Unselected SCUBA DivingUnselected Radioisotope use - briefly describeUnselected NO Radioisotope use/Natural level workUnselected Other Operator Provided Inst. - Describe
0 PI-Provided Vans - briefly describe Unselected MOCNESS  
Explain Instrumentation or Capability
requirements that could affect choice
of ship in scheduling.

A hull-mounted ADCP is requested, but is not critical, for this cruise, which will recover and redeploy moorings.

Major Ancillary Facilities (that require coordination of schedules with ship schedule)
Unselected Helicopter Ops (USCG)Unselected Twin OtterUnselected Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) 
Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)
Unselected Other AUVUnselected Sentry  
Coring Facility
Unselected Jumbo Piston CoringUnselected Large Gravity Core Unselected MC800 multicorer w/ MISO camera/telemetryUnselected OSU Coring Facility (MARSSAM)
Unselected Other Large Coring FacilityUnselected WHOI Long Core  
Human Occupied Vehicle (HOV)
Unselected AlvinUnselected Clelia (HBOI)Unselected JSL I & II (HBOI)Unselected Other HOV
Other Facility
Unselected MISO Facility - deep-sea imagingUnselected Other FacilityUnselected Potential Fields Pool Equipment 
Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)
Unselected JasonUnselected Other ROV  
Seismic Facility
Unselected Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Center (OBSIC)Unselected Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Pool (OBSIP)Unselected Ocean-Bottom Seismometer Program (UTIG)Unselected Other Seismic/OBS Facility
Unselected PASSCALUnselected Portable MCS groupUnselected Portable MCS/SCS groupUnselected U.S. Geological Survey Ocean Bottom Seismometer Facility (USGS at WHOI)
Towed Underwater Vehicle
Unselected ARGO IIUnselected Hawaii MR1 (HMRG)Unselected IMI12 (HMRG)Unselected IMI120 (HMRG - formerly DSL 120A)
Unselected IMI30 (HMRG)Unselected Other Towed Underwater VehicleUnselected Towfish 
UNOLS Van Pool
Unselected AUV Lab Van #1Unselected Clean Lab VanUnselected Cold Lab VanUnselected General Purpose Lab Van
Unselected Radioisotope Lab VanUnselected Wet Lab Van  
UNOLS Winch Pool
Unselected Mooring SpoolerUnselected Portable WinchUnselected Turn Table 
Explain Major Ancillary Facilities
Requirements and list description
and provider for "other" systems.

Expand request schedules  Associated Schedules

Expand request history Ship Request History