Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire



R/V Knorr


Cruise Party

George Luther: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
University of Delaware 700 Pilottown RD Lewes, DE USA 19958
+1 302 645 4208

Departure: Ponta del Gada, Azores on Oct 15, 2012

Arrival: Praia Cape Verde on Nov 5, 2012

Mobilization Date: Oct 12, 2012

Demobilization Date: Nov 7, 2012

Supporting documentation:

Operations Area: NA10


Depth Range: min / max (m)

Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? no

Science objectives

We will study a slow spreading system at Rainbow, TAG and Snake Pit in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. We will obtain data and samples from ROV Jason II. 

We will obtain water column samples from at least 3 CTD rosette casts.

Science Activities

 See my e-mail to David Fisichella dated December 5, 2011.  It is reproduced below

We requested Jason for our cruise and will use our in situ analyzer on it as we have on past cruises. Jason work will be the main effort. We need to have every Titanium sampler in the Jason and Alvin pool available for our cruise as our main work is to sample the hot vents at several MAR sites. I hope they are all  in good condition; if not, WHOI needs to request funds to insure that they are reliable. We will likely have a couple of biologists on the cruise, who will want to collect specimens, so freezers will be necessary including a -80 deg C freezer.


 We will likely use elevators to bring some Titanium samplers aboard before the Jason comes aboard. Please budget steel weights for this purpose as well as have elevators and transponders available for us. Jason and Alvin have several elevators; if not, please budget for two new ones. I assume we would do between 4-6 elevator ops maximum during the cruise.


 We also will use the Knorr's CTD/rosette system when Jason is not being used so wish to have a SSSG available to operate it for us so we can sample the water column. I assume this is normal for the Knorr as it is on the Atlantis for Alvin ops. In using the Melville and Thompson, we had help for CTD work. We hope to coordinate these sampling needs via our Jason work. A fume hood needs to be available for some of our chemical work.


 We will have an outreach program on the cruise so will need to send data and communication back to the beach for a blog. We will likely send some large files back including photos, etc. Please budget for this.


 We expect to ship our gear to the Knorr before it leaves WHOI, which should be no problem based on the present schedule. Please call me if you have any questions.

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Teleconference

Teleconference has worked in the past even with ROVJason II planning. Because I am on DeSSC, I will be at WHOI some time this summer too.


  Station 1
  Distance: 1325
  Days: 3
  Latitude: 23° 23.0’ N
  Longitude: 44° 56.1’ W

  Distance: 1225
  Days: 3
  Latitude: 26° 8.0’ N
  Longitude: 44° 49.6’ W

  Distance: 405
  Days: 4
  Latitude: 37° 49.0’ N
  Longitude: 33° 54.1’ W

Funding Agency: NSF #OCE-1131109

- added NSF #OCE-1131109 on Jan 20, 2012 2:24 PM by Dr. George W Luther

R/V Knorr

Shipboard Equipment

Deionized Water System
Fume Hood

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet
Is there a need to receive data from shore on a regular basis?
Is there a need to transfer data to shore on a regular basis?

CTD/Water Sampling

Wet Labs ECO-AFL fluorometer
Wet Labs C*Star transmissometer (660nm wavelength)
Seapoint STM turbidity sensor
SBE43 oxygen sensor
911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors
Biospherical underwater PAR (1000m depth limit) with reference Surface PAR

Critical CTD Sensors: 

Sample Storage

Freezer -70°C 25 cu. ft.
Chest Freezer (Household type) 0°F
Freezer -20°C
Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.
Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft.

Storage Notes: biological samples


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

Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation? no



Navigation Notes: We are using ROV Jason II so need to be compatible with these needs.


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire

Winch Notes:

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

Portable Vans

Chemical Storage Van

Other Science Vans:

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: yes Type: ROV Jason II deployment
Cruise Specific Science Winch Required: yes Type: ROV Jason II deployment
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: yes Identify: clean lab power
Equipment Handling: no Identify: 
Inter/intraship Communications: no Identify: 
Science Stowage: yes Identify: some as we plan to bring gear to WHOI prior to cruise
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? no

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes: no

Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise? yes

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): For CTD operations when Jason II is not used

Other required equipment and special needs: 
Date Submitted: Jan 20, 2012 2:37 PM by Dr. George W Luther