Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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R/V Knorr

Cruise Party

Phil Abbot: Principal Investigator
Organization Name USA
+1 781 862 8339

Ben Allen: Principal Investigator
Organization Name USA
+1 508 289 2930

Lee Freitag: Chief Scientist
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Smith 208, MS#18 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 3285

Mark Stevenson: Principal Investigator
Organization Name USA
+1 619 533 5706

Departure: Jul 23, 2011

Woods Hole

Arrival: Aug 5, 2011

Woods Hole

Operations Area

60 nm South of Martha's Vineyard
Lat/Lon: 40° 34.5′ N / 70° 53.0′ W
Depth Range: 60m / 300m
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? no

Science Objectives

Objectives include: 
-  Evaluate navigation on the REMUS 600 UUV.
-  Evaluate performance of multiple aspects of autonomous control of UUVs and gliders.
-  Demonstrate acoustic communications between gliders and UUVs.

Science Activities

Two main science activities:

Operate and measure environmental parameters (CTD) with up to four UW Seagliders

Operate and measure environmental parameters (CTD and others) with up to five REMUS 600 class UUVs.

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference/Visit WHOI


  Station 1
  Distance: 75
  Days: 14
  Latitude: 39° 39.5’ N
  Longitude: 70° 45.0’ E

Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: WHOI
Grant or contract number: N00014-09-C-0162

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Knorr

Other Science Vans:

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
ADCP 300 kHz
Sippican XBT System (Mark 21)
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz

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

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

Critical CTD Sensors

CTD only, no water sampling

MET Sensors

Barometric Pressure
Air temperature
Relative Humidity
Wind speed and direction
Storage Notes:


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no
How many nets? null
How many tansponders? null
Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation?no


Navigation Notes: Ship's GPS only.


Other Portable Winch
CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Winch Notes: 'NY Tunnel Winch'- Supplied by science party for hauling in floats & 500lbs anchors.
Wire Notes:

Standard Oceanographic Cables

Slip ring required? no Number of conductors: 
Non-standard wire required? no Type: 
Traction winch required? no Describe: 
Science Van 1
Type/size: REMUS Launch & Recovery Van, 8x8x20 Location: Main Deck, aft
Water: none Power:440 AC 3 Phase

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:
WHOI REMUS 600 launch and recovery system.

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: yes Identify: 440 AC 3 phase
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:yes SCUBA Diving Operations:no

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized?yesDescribe deployment method and quantity:
REMUS UUVs contain Lithium Ion batteries.

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yesSpecialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
None.Other required equipment and special needs:

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: no
Date Submitted:
Date Approved:
Agent Information:
Chad Smith
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
266 Woods Hole Road
Woods Hole, MA 02543 USA
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech: