Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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R/V Knorr

Cruise Party

Henry Dick: Principal Investigator
Organization Name
+1 508 289 2183

Hans Schouten: Principal Investigator
Organization Name
+1 508 2892 2574

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

Departure: May 14, 2013


Arrival: Jun 19, 2013

Woods HOle

Operations Area

Mid-Atlantic Ridge
Lat/Lon: 16° 30.0′ N / 46° 35.0′ W
Depth Range: 1800 m / 4500 m
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? no

Science Objectives

The science objectives are to understand the processes controlling the formation, evolution, and linking of mid-segment detachment faults, and to examine the relationship between magma supply along the ridge axis and detachment fault formation.

Science Activities

Our plan is to obtain regional multibeam bathymetry and magnetic data to understand the spreading history out to 5 Ma. High-resolution multibeam bathymetry, magnetic, CTD and optical sensor data will be collected from the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Sentry, and photographs from the WHOI Towcam.  We will also complete an extensive dredging operation.

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference/Visit WHOI


Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 86216500

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Knorr

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
Towed Magnetometer

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

Critical CTD Sensors

is there a gravimeter on Knorr?
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: we will need usbl for any dredges or towcam that are in the water when Sentry is.


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Winch Notes: Towcam will use the CTD winch.

Wire use and application

CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Wire Notes:

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? 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):
24 hr operations
Other required equipment and special needs:

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: no
Date Submitted:
Date Approved:
Agent Information:
Anthony Oliver, Operations Coordinator*
Email Address: logistics@dmishipping.com
Tel. no. (246) 430-4881
Cell no. (246) 231-5382
Fax: (246) 431-0878

Master R/V Knorr
Attn: Dr. Debbie Smith
c/o DaCosta Distribution Inc.
Shipping Division
Brandons Complex
St. Michael

Woods Hole:
Chad Smith

R/V Knorr - Dr. Debbie Smith
c/o Chad Smith
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
266 Woods Hole Rd.
Woods Hole, MA

United States
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech: