Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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R/V Oceanus

Cruise Party

Timothy Eglinton: Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Fye 111, MS#04 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2627

Steven Manganini: Chief Scientist
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Clark 101, MS#23 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2778

Scott Worrilow: Chief Scientist
Organization Name USA
+1 508 289 2458 ext. 2458

Departure: Oct 1, 2011

Woods Hole

Arrival: Oct 13, 2011

Woods Hole

Operations Area

North Atlantic
Depth Range: min / max (m)
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Canada
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

To collect settling and suspended particles at 3 locations on the northwest atlantic margin to determine carbon transport from the shelf/slope to the deep basin, coupled with physical oceanographic data from moorings at station W.

Science Activities

To recover 3 moorings and redeploy 1 mooring at station w.
To take (3) hydrocasts, one at each station to determine nepleloid layers with transmisometer and turbitily sensors on CTD.
To tale (3) LVP casts, one at each station.  (optional)
To take (2) 2 muticores at 2 of the stations. (optional)

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Visit WHOI


  Nova Scotia Mooring
  Distance: 564
  Days: 0.5
  Latitude: 42° 55.488’ N
  Longitude: 59° 41.662’ W

  Station W M4
  Distance: 561
  Days: 0.5
  Latitude: 38° 26.0’ N
  Longitude: 68° 41.0’ W

  Cape Hatteras Mooring
  Distance: 288
  Days: 0.5
  Latitude: 36° 41.06’ N
  Longitude: 73° 28.33’ W

  Station W M4
  Distance: 288
  Days: 1.0
  Latitude: 38° 26.0’ N
  Longitude: 68° 41.0’ W

Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 85135000

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Oceanus

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

CTD/Water Sampling

Seapoint STM turbidity sensor
Wet Labs C*Star transmissometer (660nm wavelength)
911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors

Critical CTD Sensors

Sediment Sampling


Sample Storage

Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft.
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:


Mooring / TSE winch
Trawl Winch with 9/16th trawl wire
Winch Notes:

Wire use and application

Hydro Winch with .25" hydro wire
Trawl Winch with 9/16th trawl wire
Wires Notes: We plan to use the hydro Winch for (3) large volume pump casts at each station.  We will attach (4) LVPs per cast.  (4 LVPs @ 200lbea = 1000lbs)
We plan to use the trawl wire for muticoring operations

Standard Oceanographic Cables

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

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
TSE Winch from Rick Trask

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:
Our recovered Sediment Trap Samples will contain 0.3% mercuric chloride in seawater which will be enclosed in plastic bottles and transfered into plastic coolers for refrigeration.  We will provide MSDS informatiion.

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?no
Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
Other required equipment and special needs:

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: yes
Diplomatic Clearance: yes
Date Submitted: Jun 30, 2011
Date Approved:
Agent Information:
Master R/V Oceanus
Attn: Scientist's Name - Voy#
c/o WHOI
266 Woods Hole Rd.
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Contact: Chad Smith
Phone: (508) 289-3811
Fax: (508) 457-2185
Email: csmith@whoi.edu


Master R/V Oceanus
Attn: Scientist's Name
c/o Meyer Shipping
Somers Wharf
14 Water St.
St. Georges, GE BX

Contact: Capt. John Moore
Fax: (441) 295-4556
Email: meyershipping@ibl.bm

Contact:  Joseph Simas, VP, Marine Operations
Phone:  1-441-296-9798
24 hour Cell:  1-441-337-8384
Fax:  1-441-295-4556
Email: JoeS@meyer.bm

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
Canada Clearance needed
End cruise in Bermuda. No Clearance needed for Bermuda.
4455's for gear returning to USA.
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech: