Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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R/V Atlantis

Cruise Party

Robert Dziak: Principal Investigator
Organization Name
+1 541 867 0175

Deborah Smith: Chief Scientist
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Clark 243B, MS#22 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2472

Departure: Jun 21, 2012

Bridgetown Barbados

Arrival: Jul 9, 2012

Bridgetown Barbados

Operations Area

Equatorial Atlantic
Lat/Lon: 5° 0.0′ N / 30° 0.0′ W
Depth Range: 2000 / 4000
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? None
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

Record seismicity of the Equatorial Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Science Activities

Deploy 3 hydrophones in the Equatorial Atlantic and collect swath bathymetry over the Mid-Atlantic Ridge between deployments

**June 3, 2012 update***\
3 hydrophones - 2 as initial deployments, EA-7 and EA-8 and 1 as EA-5 turnaround
3 moorings - 2 as initial deployments, EA-7 and EA-8 and 1 as a spare should EA-5 be unrecoverable
3 anchors - all being deployed
3 acoustic releases - 2 for deployment, 1 as a spare

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference/Visit WHOI
Meeting Notes: March 14 @ 1430 EST


  Distance: 891
  Days: 3
  Latitude: 2° 30.0’ S
  Longitude: 29° 13.6’ W

  Distance: 1043
  Days: 4
  Latitude: 11° N
  Longitude: 35° W

  Distance: 501
  Days: 2
  Latitude: 18° N
  Longitude: 52° W

Supporting documentation:

Notes: EA8 to Bridgetown Barbados = 2063nm = 8 days.


Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 86216500

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Atlantis

Shipboard Equipment


Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

Critical CTD Sensors

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:


Trawl Winch with .681 fiber optic
Winch Notes:

Wire use and application

Trawl Winch with .681 fiber optic
Winch Notes: Complete mooring weight in air is 1,110kg = 2,448 lbs.  Weight in water is 210Kg = 463 lbs. 
This includes hydrophone, float, anchor, wire, rope, chain, shcackles. 
Deployment Maximum water depth should be near 5500 meters.

Standard Oceanographic Cables

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

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? no

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?no
Describe deployment method and quantity:

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yes
Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
Multibeam mapping
Other required equipment and special needs:
Storage for 3 hydrophones and equipment.

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: yes
Diplomatic Clearance: no
Date Submitted:
Date Approved:
Agent Information:
Woods Hole, Ma.

To:  Master R/V Atlantis
c/o Eric Benway - AT21-03
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
266 Woods Hole Road
Woods Hole, Ma. 02543


Attn: Scientist's Name - AT21-03
c/o DaCosta Distribution Inc.
Shipping Division
Brandons Complex
St. Michael
Phone: (246) 430-4809; (246) 430-4825

Contact:  Glyne St. Hill, Manager
Email: gsthill@dmishipping.com
Phone:(246) 430-4804
Fax: (246) 431-0051

David Priddee, Operations Manager
Email Address: dpriddee@dmishipping.com
Tel. no. (246) 430-4819
Cell no. (246) 231-5348

Contact:  Arlin Kellman, Assistant Operations Manager
Email Address: akellman@dmishipping.com
Tel. No. (246) 430-4825
Cell no. (246) 230-4353

Primary Contact:  Anthony Oliver, Operations Coordinator*
Email Address: logistics@dmishipping.com
Tel. no. (246) 430-4881
Cell no. (246) 231-5382
Fax: (246) 431-0878

*Note: All requests and correspondence should be sent to Anthony Oliver at the email address above with copies to David Priddee and Arlin Kellman.

Agent and WHOI contacts should be copied on all communications.  Please send shiping information for all equipment to the Agent and to all WHOI contacts


Barbaods, no research authorization req.
Station EA8 will be OUTSIDE of Brazil EEZ
Any items loaded on Atlantis in WHOI that are returning to USA in August, or later in 2014 beyond. must have US Customs Form 4455 (Cert of Registration).
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Catie Graver, Robbie Laird
Pre Load WHOI-
May 17 - 19.

Mob in Barbados-
June 21.
Science can move aboard June 20.

6/2/12: eb
Cruise departure date changed to June 21 (one day early) to accomdate a mooring recovery day for Cindy Van Dover previous cruise AT21-02.   End date still remains July 9.