Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire

ReconsCollaborative Research: Coring, surveying, water sampling the Amazon Basin


R/V Knorr


Cruise Party

Paul Baker: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Duke University, Earth and Ocean Sciences 103 Old Chem Building Durham, , NC USA 27708-0227
+1 919 684 5450

David Hollander: Chief Scientist
University of South Florida, College of Marine Science 140 7th Avenue South St. Petersburg, Fl USA 33701
+1 727 553 1019

Departure: Bridgetown, Barbados on Feb 19, 2010

Arrival: Forteleza, Brazil on Mar 12, 2010

Supporting documentation:


Operations Area: Northwest coast of Brasil, from French Guiana down to Forteleza

Lat/Lon: 5° 30.0′ N / 41° 0.0′ W

Depth Range: 4000 / max (m)

Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Brazil
Are visas or special travel documents required? yes

Science objectives

High resolution 3.5 kHz chirp profiling, coring, using box, multi and long corers. Water column sampling.

Science Activities

Long coring, multicoring, box coring, gravity coring. High-res seismic and multibeam mapping. CTD and water sampling.

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Teleconference

Teleconference 12/8 @ 10:30 East coast time.
Media personnel on board: None


  Station 1
  Distance: 1200
  Days: 1
  Latitude: 5° 30.0’ N
  Longitude: 49° 0.0’ W

Funding Agency: NSF #0823650

- added NSF #0823650 on Dec 14, 2009 12:15 PM by Eric Benway

R/V Knorr

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
ADCP 150 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz
Deionized Water System
Fume Hood

CTD/Water Sampling

911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors

Critical CTD Sensors: 

Hydrographic Analysis Equipment


MET Sensors

Barometric Pressure
Air temperature
Relative Humidity
Wind speed and direction

Sediment Sampling

Jumbo Long Corer
Box corer
Gravity corers

Sample Storage

Chest Freezer (Household type) 0°F


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no

Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation? yes


Trawl Winch with 9/16th trawl wire
CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire

Slip ring required? no Number of conductors: 
Non-standard wire required? no Type: 
Traction winch required? no Describe: 

Portable Vans

Cold Storage Van
Chemical Storage Van

Other Science Vans:

Other Science Vans:
Science Van 1
Type/size: Long Core Vans Location:
Water: Power:

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: no Type: 
Cruise Specific Science Winch Required: yes Type: Long Core
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? yes

Describe deployment method and quantity:
- N2 gases for gas filtrations

- Core logger (radioactive source) Authorized by WHOI Rad Safety officer , Bill Curry the authorized user.
Placement will be in the main lab, aft, portside, facing outboard.

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes: no

Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise? yes

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): multibeam, ctd, survey at night

Other required equipment and special needs: Science will load some gear (aprox 1 pallet worth) in Tampa Fl.  Along with some N2 gases.
Dave Hollander will be the p.o.c. for this.
Date Submitted: Dec 14, 2009 1:11 PM by Eric Benway