Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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R/V Atlantis

Cruise Party

Charles Langmuir: Principal Investigator, Chief Scientist
Harvard University 20 Oxford Street Cambridge , MA USA 02138
+1 617 384 9948

Departure: Aug 28, 2014


Arrival: Sep 11, 2014


Operations Area

Juan de Fuca Ridge and its flanks
Lat/Lon: 44° 45.0′ N / 131° 0.0′ W
Depth Range: 2200 / 3200
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Canada, possibly.
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

Our aim is to obtain as many and as deep jumbo piston cores as possible to investigate the potential temporal variability of hydrothermal activity on the Juan de Fuca Ridge.  COring sites are currently planned to be west of the Juan de Fuca ridge axis.  We will also try to obtain high resolution multibeam bathymetry out to a crustal age of 2 million years (~40 miles off-axis from the ridge).

Science Activities

Jumbo piston coring, box cores, multibeam mapping, possibly some wax coring on the axis of the Juan de Fuca.

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference/Visit WHOI
Meeting Notes: Pre Cruise April 17, 2014.


  Station 1
  Distance: null
  Days: null

Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 1338832

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Atlantis

Other Science Vans:

Shipboard Equipment

12 kHz Pinger for Wire Use
Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
Deionized Water System
Navigation - Position
Towed Magnetometer

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

Critical CTD Sensors

Sediment Sampling

Box corer
Gravity corers
Rock dredges
Storage Notes: I am not sure of the storage requirements for the cores on board.  We should discuss at pre-cruise.


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:


Hydro Winch with .25" hydro wire
Trawl Winch with 9/16th trawl wire
Winch Notes:

Wire use and application

Trawl Winch with 9/16th trawl wire
Winch Notes: Need to get detailed requirements from OSU coring team.

Standard Oceanographic Cables

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

Portable Vans

Cold Storage Van
Science Van 1
Type/size: OSU Core Logger Van Location: 01 Deck?
Water: Power:
Science Van 2
Type/size: OSU Cold Van Location: Main Deck ?
Water: Power:
Science Van 3
Type/size: OSU Core Van Location: Main Deck
Water: Power:

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?noDescribe deployment method and quantity:
Core Logger - rad authorization to put on board and use.

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yesSpecialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
We will be Seabeam support as we will be generating high resolution seabeam maps.  The cruise is primarily a coring cruise, but if coring needs a break, we would potential dredge, rock core, and map.Other required equipment and special needs:
We will need wax coring capability.  There is a wax core stand at WHOI, and should be the necessary modified gravity cores as well.

Checklist & Notes


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

United States (Astoria, OR)

Attn: Scientist's Name - AT 26-19
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

All packages and shipments should be sent to the following address with shipping notification sent to WHOI contacts, Ship's Agent and Esther Jones, contact information below:

Tami Herman, Facilities Manager / Finance Department
(503) 741-3332 (office)
(503) 298-0654 (cell)
(503) 741-3345 (fax)

 Esther Jones, Administrative Assistant
(503) 741-3300 (Office)

Port of Astoria Direct Line:  (503) 741-3300

Master R/V Ship Name
Attn: Scientist's Name
c/o Port of Astoria
#10 Pier One
Suite 308
Astoria, OR   97103

Note: Agent and WHOI contacts should be copied on all communications.  Shipping information for any equipment and supplies should be communicated to the Agent and to WHOI contacts.

None Req.
Isotope Use Approval: yes
Isotope Notes:
Core Logger - Rad Auth. Req.
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Dave Simms, Ellen Roosen
2 day mobe Aug 26 & 27
2 day demobe Sept 12.