Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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R/V Atlantis


AUV Sentry, ROV Jason

Cruise Party

Christopher Reddy: Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Fye 107B, MS#04 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2316

David Valentine: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
University of California Santa Barbara 1006 Webb Hall, Department of Earth Science Santa Barbara, CA US 93117
+1 805 893 2973

Departure: Sep 13, 2011

San Francisco

Arrival: Sep 29, 2011

San Diego

Operations Area

Santa Barbara and Santa Monica Basins
Lat/Lon: 34° 0.0′ N / 120° 0.0′ W
Depth Range: min / max (m)
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? no

Science Objectives

1. Investigate the variability in composition of seeping hydrocarbons at sites along the CA margin.
2. Investigate the changes in chemical composition of seeped oils as they weather.
3. Investigate the distribution and nature of hydrocarbon seepage and biodegradation along the CA margin.
4. Identify and map hydrocarbon/tar sources and related features along the CA margin.
5. investigate the fate of dissolved hydrocarbons in the waters along the CA margin.
6. Deploy in-situ incubation devices for microbial growth, for recover in 2013.

Science Activities

1. Jason operations including coring, water sampling, hydrocarbon sampling, surveys.
2. Sentry operations including multi-beeam mapping, photosurveys, mass specrometric surveys.
3. CTD casts and water collection (24 place rosette) for water collection.
4. Rate measurements using identical protocols as for SEEPS 07 and SEEPS 09 (note the use of radioactive materials).

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference


Supporting documentation:


Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: OCE-0961725

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Atlantis

Shipboard Equipment

ADCP 150 kHz
Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
Deionized Water System
Fume Hood
Navigation - Heading
Navigation - Position
Transponder Navigation - Sonardyne USBL
Science Underway Seawater System

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
SBE43 oxygen sensor
Seapoint STM turbidity sensor
Wet Labs C*Star transmissometer (660nm wavelength)
Wet Labs ECO-AFL fluorometer

Critical CTD Sensors

CTD-Related Equipment

Lowered Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (LADCP)

MET Sensors

Air temperature
Barometric Pressure
Relative Humidity
Short Wave Solar Radiation
Wind speed and direction

Sediment Sampling

Box corer
Van Veen Grab

Sample Storage

Climate Controlled Walk-in
Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.
Freezer -70°C 25 cu. ft.
Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft.
Scientific Walk-in Freezer
Storage Notes:


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no
How many nets? null
How many tansponders? null
Will you be using Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation?no


Navigation Notes:


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Hydro Winch with .25" hydro wire
Other Portable Winch
Winch Notes:

We plan to conduct CTD operations, small boat operations, Sentry operations and Jason operations.

Wire use and application

Hydro Winch with .25" hydro wire
Winch Notes: Van Veen on Hydro wire for small sediment sampling.

Standard Oceanographic Cables

Slip ring required? no
Non-standard wire required? no
Traction winch required? no

Portable Vans

Chemical Storage Van
Isotope 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: 1) We may bring shallow in-situ pumps for over-the-side operations on small boats.
2) CTD
3) Van Veen grab

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: no Identify 
Equipment Handling: no Identify: 
Inter/intraship Communications: no Identify: 
Science Stowage: no Identify: 
Water: yes Identify: running SW from ROV hanger into interior lab

Additional Cruise Items/Activities

Explosive Devices:no
Portable Air Compressors:no
Flammable Gases:yes
Small Boat Operations:yes
SCUBA Diving Operations:no

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized?yes
Describe deployment method and quantity:

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yes
Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
We hope to perform nightime operations using small craft in the protected waters of the Santa Barbara coast.  We plan to deploy LED lights to track hydrocarbon slicks and to use the small craft to sample them over the course of the night.
Other required equipment and special needs:
We are discussing the use of TETHYS mass spectrometer and a seawater equilibration system.

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Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: no
Date Submitted:
Date Approved:
Agent Information:

Master R/V Atlantis
Attn: Scientist's Name - AT18-11
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

Use above address for mail only; must be delivered five days prior to ship arrival in San Francisco.

For all packages and larger items, send directly to the address below.  Please notify Vasile Tudoran, vtudoran@aol.com, and dispatch@marineexpress.us in advance of all shipments

R/V Ship Name
Attn: Scientist's Name
c/o Marine Express, Inc.
2900 Main St.
Alameda, CA 94501

Troy Esch, Marine Express Operations Manager
Phone: (510) 523-8900
Fax: (510) 523-6466

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

Master R/V Atlantis
Attn: Scientist's Name
c/o Paxton, Shreve & Hays Inc.
453 54th Street Suite 101
San Diego, CA   92114

Contact: Tom Jenkins
Phone: (619) 232-8941
Fax: (619) 232-3006
Telex: 6731029 SHREVE SDG
Email: marineops@pshinc.net 

The ship location will be:

Port of San Diego
10th Avenue Marine Terminal
623 Switzer St.
San Diego Ca. 92101

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

Isotope Use Approval: yes
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Allison Heater (f), Dave Simms (m)
Loading Sept 11 & 12.   Crane ops for shifting jason and sentry containers on deck.
forklift and shore crane req.

DEMOB in San Diego:The ship location will be:

Port of San Diego
10th Avenue Marine Terminal
623 Switzer St.
San Diego Ca. 92101

small boat ops for snorkling operations - surface only.