A ship-of-opportunity, the Research Vessel (R/V) Brooks-McCall, was already engaged in EPA-mandated water sampling in close proximity to the site. With permission of the ship, its owner, and incident authority, a TAMU faculty member and students embarked on a space-available, not-to-interfere basis for two of the ship's four-day sampling cruises. The procedures for taking the observations, including the coordination of airspace in the high-activity incident area, were developed and refined. The significant challenge of communicating the data back for both human forecaster and model usage in real time was also addressed during the expeditions. Successful observations were taken and communicated, and demonstrated the practicality and value of upper air observations in this and future incidents.