Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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R/V Atlantis


HOV Alvin

Cruise Party

Lisa Levin: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
9500 Gilman Drive La Jolla, CA USA 92093-0218
+1 858 534 3579

Departure: Jan 6, 2010

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Arrival: Jan 13, 2010

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Operations Area

Costa Rica
Lat/Lon: 80° 0.0′ N / 84° 18.75′ W
Depth Range: 700 / 1900
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Costa Rica
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

• Recover colonization experiments on Mound 12 (carbonate, wood, tubeworms, shells). Processs these at sea.
• Background collections of wood, active carbonate (especially dolomite) rock and biotic (mussel, tube) substrates
• Characterization of chemical regimes at colonization sites
• Possible Archaea C fixation/ production experiments with 13C or 15N2 using background or colonizer fauna

Science Activities

• ALVIN CTD and water sampling at active and inactive seep sites having colonization experiments.

• Coring seep (mat, clam) sediments in specific locations across a range of O2 levels if time.
• Follow-up collection of new species (including yeti crabs, folliculinid cilliates, mussels, clams, crustaceans, annelids etc)
*collection of microbial mat on rocks
* Revisit Jaco scarp.. sample tubeworm bushes and other fauna
Night Operations:
* Nighttime off seep CTD casts with Rosette to examine ENSO signals and compare to 2009
* Multibeam mapping as needed (pre dive)

DIVE LOCATIONS: Mound 12 (900-11000 m, 8deg 55.8’N, 84deg 18.75’W)
Backup dive locations: Mound 11 (1000-1025 m, 8deg 55.4’N, 84deg 18.24’W)
Jaco Wall (1775-1850 m, 9deg 7.05’ N 84deg 50.36’ W)

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference
Meeting Notes: Meeting was held on Nov 4th. Dutch, Eric, Pat, David Lisa, Bruce, AD, techs


  Station 1
  Distance: 62
  Days: null
  Latitude: 9° 7.05’ N
  Longitude: 84° 50.36’ W

  Station 2
  Distance: 70
  Days: null
  Latitude: 8° 55.4’ N
  Longitude: 84° 18.24’ W

  Station 3
  Distance: 70
  Days: null
  Latitude: 80° 55.8’ N
  Longitude: 84° 18.75’ W

Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 0939557

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Atlantis

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz
Deionized Water System
Fume Hood
12 kHz Pinger for Wire Use

CTD/Water Sampling

911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors
SBE43 oxygen sensor
Wet Labs ECO-AFL fluorometer

Critical CTD Sensors

Sediment Sampling

Box corer

Sample Storage

Freezer -70°C 25 cu. ft.
Scientific Walk-in Freezer
Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft.
Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? yes
How many nets? 1
How many tansponders? 0
Will you be using Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation?yes

Standard Oceanographic Cables

  Instrument(s) Instrument Weight(s) Maximum Depth
Conducting Hydro: CTD
Hydro: plankton net (possibly)
Slip ring required? no
Non-standard wire required? no
Traction winch required? no

Portable Vans

Chemical Storage Van

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: no Type: 
Cruise Specific Science Winch Required: no Type: 
Nets Required: no Type: 

Over the Side Equipment

Will you be bringing any equipment (winches, blocks, etc.) that lowers instruments over the side? yes
Details: Gear elevator with Alvin ops

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:yes
Small Boat Operations:no
SCUBA Diving Operations:no

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized?no
Describe deployment method and quantity:
Spill kits are on board. All hazardous materials will be stored in the chem van during transits. MSDS forms are on board. Hazardous materials will be removed from the ship when it docks in San Diego

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yes
Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
CTD ops and Seabeam
Other required equipment and special needs:
    Critical CTD sensors:
oxygen, temp, pressure, fluorescence

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Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: yes
Diplomatic Clearance: yes
Date Submitted:
Date Approved: Dec 3, 2009
Agent Information:

Costa Rica
Master R/V Ship Name
Attn: Scientist's Name
c/o Vasile Tudoran Transport
819 Ohio Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90804

Contact: Vasile Tudoran
Phone: (562) 882-5590
Fax: (562) 434-9800
Email: vtudoran@aol.com

Local Address for Large Shipments:
Aptdo 76
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Attn: Manuel Fernandez
Phone: 011-506-2661-1529
Fax: 011-506-2661-2779

Manuel Fernandez, cell #011 506 8862 6787
Juan Carlos Fernandez, cell #  011 506 8840 8530

Note: Agent and WHOI contacts should be copied on all communications. It is requested that shipment information of any equipment be communicated to the Agent and WHOI contacts

Costa Rica, clearance has been approved
4455 submitted in San Diego in Oct when gear was loaded at Marfac.
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
one female one male
Science gear loaded in San Diego in Oct
PI has requested to leave gear onboard until Altantis returns to SD in April.
Has also requested to leave samples onboard. Has not been confirmed yet if there is space.
-PI request to leave 10 buckets of smaples in chems in chem van. AD gave ok for this.

Winch and multi core will be loaded in CR between Jan 3-4th.
Rathburn: arrives in CR on Jan 3
Orphan: arrive in CR on 3/4
Greg and Levin (14 people): Fly on 4th arrive late that night. Will stay ashore and board ship on am of 5th.

PI will need to stay onboard until late afternoon on the day of arrival.