Weekly Hydro Ship Activity Report - October 17 through October 23, 2021

For the Week of October 17, 2021


Weekly Hydro Ship Activity Report

Welcome to NOAA's Weekly Hydrographic Ship Activity Report! We hope you enjoy this reader-friendly layout for our weekly report as we update you on the progress of our NOAA-ship and contractor-run surveys. Please continue to direct your correspondences to progress.sketches@noaa.gov

Highlights of this edition

  • NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler is alongside Norfolk, VA, and prepares to commence field work on 25OCT2021 for OPR-D304-FH-21 Approaches to Chesapeake Bay.
  • TerraSond (OPR-R340-KR-21 Approaches to Egegik Bay, AK) and DEA (OPR-J315-KR-21 Pascagoula, MS) continue data processing for their respective projects.

NOAA Ships

Ferdinand R. Hassler

OPR-D304-FH-21 Approaches to Chesapeake Bay

  • NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler is alongside in Norfolk, VA, for crew rest and shelter-in-place. 
NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler, Photo courtesy of NOAA

Looking Forward

  • Hassler will remain alongside in Norfolk until the planned departure date for survey offshore Virginia on 25OCT2021.


  • NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson is dry docked in Colonna's shipyard in Norfolk, VA. 
NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson, Photo courtesy of NOAA
Looking Forward
  • Ships force will continue to set up shoreside processing at MOC-A and work on submitting four sheets from OPR-E349-TJ-21 and one remaining sheet from OPR-D304-TJ-21. Additional members of the survey are preparing to augment onboard FA and FH


  • Fairweather is alongside in USCG Alameda, CA. 
NOAA Ship Fairweather, Photo courtesy of NOAA

Looking Forward

  • Fairweather will remain alongside until the next scheduled departure on 02NOV2021.


  • NOAA Ship Rainier completed her survey season.
NOAA Ship Rainier, Photo courtesy of NOAA
Looking Forward
  •  Rainier is alongside in Newport, OR.

Contracted Vessels

DEA logo


OPR-J315-KR-21 Pascagoula, MS

  • No field work while reviewing data and preparing final fill plans.
Looking Forward
  • R/V Broughton returning to Dauphin Island, AL for acquisition in survey area H13489.
  • Expecting weather delays based on current forecast.

OPR-R340-KR-21 Approaches to Egegik Bay, AK

  • No field work scheduled.
Looking Forward
  • The tentative plan is to remove the tide stations in late October to early November at the latest. Removal is weather dependent and will be timed around weather windows.