Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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R/V Atlantis


HOV Alvin

Cruise Party

Geoffrey Wheat: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
University of Alaska Fairbanks P.O. BOX 757200 Fairbanks, AK USA 99775
+1 831 633 7033

Departure: Aug 10, 2014

Astoria, OR

Arrival: Aug 24, 2014

Astoria, OR

Operations Area

Eastern flank of the Juan de Fuca - CORKS
Lat/Lon: 47° 45.0′ N / 127° 45.0′ W
Depth Range: 2660 / 2700
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Canada
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

Over the past decade the scientific ocean drilling has installed six borehole observatories on the eastern flank of the Juan de Fuca Ridge off the coast of Washington and British Columbia. The goal of this research has been to understand the pathways of seawater flow through the basaltic crust and the reactions that take place while this seawater is in the crust. These reactions include exchange with the overlying sediment pore waters and water-rock reactions and potentially microbial mediated reactions. The goal of this cruise is to recover all of the instruments that have been deployed on earlier cruises, collect fluid samples, and seal the boreholes for future experiments.

Science Activities

Conduct a hydrostatic check at 1026B, 1027C (Maybe?), 1031A, 1031B, 1362A, and 1362B;

- Download pressure at 1026B, 1027C (Maybe?), 1031A, 1031B, 1362A, 1362B;

- Measure temperatures of the exiting fluids;

- Recover the flow meter chimney with thermistors (1362A);

- Recover wellhead OmsoSamplers at 1026B, 1362A and 1362B;

- Recover downhole samplers at 1026B, 1362A, and 1362B;

- Attempt to recover downhole sampler at 1301A;

- Sample fluids that vent from the open boreholes and through the umbilicals at 1026B, 1362A and 1362B (1301A??);

- Deploy the UH elevator/platform for large volume collection and discrete samples; and

- Conduct a background CTD


If necessary, we will

- Collect multi-beam bathymetric data and sediment push cores and make measurements of temperature in the sediment for heat flow analysis.

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference
Media personnel on board: N?A
At this point we do not expect to have a media person onboard


  IODP Site 1362
  Distance: 100
  Days: 11
  Latitude: 47° 45.662’ N
  Longitude: 127° 45.674’ E

  Papa Bare
  Distance: 5
  Days: 1
  Latitude: 47° 51.0’ N
  Longitude: 127° 37.0’ W

  Station 3
  Distance: 20
  Days: 1
  Latitude: 48° 11.0’ N
  Longitude: 127° 33.0’ W

Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 1260548

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Atlantis

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
Deionized Water System
Fume Hood
Navigation - Heading
Navigation - Position

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

CTD/Water Sampling

911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors
SBE43 oxygen sensor

Critical CTD Sensors

Sample Storage

Climate Controlled Walk-in
Freezer -70°C 25 cu. ft.
Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.
Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft.
Scientific Walk-in Freezer
Storage Notes: Need a cold rooom to work in (4C) and storage for frozen samples for microbiology (-80C)


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: What ever Alvin uses.  Also we will need some Alvin homers etc to deal with elevators, the plasma line, and the geomicrobs sled


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Other Portable Winch
Winch Notes: Will have the plasma winch on board

Wire use and application

CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Winch Notes: will have the 3,000-m-lon plasma rope and winch

Standard Oceanographic Cables

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

Portable Vans

Chemical Storage Van

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: no Type: 
Cruise Specific Science Winch Required: yes Type: plasma winch
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: I will bring the plasma winch

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: yes Identify for the plasma winch
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:
probably some acids  - not sure this far off

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yes
Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
deploying elevators, one or two CTDs, deploying and recovering the plasma winch
Other required equipment and special needs:

Scientific Instrumentation for HOV Alvin

Current Chart(s):

What type of samples do you expect to collect? null null null

Site Survey

Will you provide detailed charts of the work area(s)?no
If no, willl you need R/V Atlantis to generate maps of the work area(s)?no
Will you need post-dive maps of the work area generated?no


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? yes
How many nets? 0
How many tansponders? 0
Will you be using Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation for other than Alvin operations?yes

Vehicle Equipment

Bio collection boxes: 12 x 12 x 12
Low temperature probe
Major (dual) pair water sampler(s) with ICL temperature probles
Push corers (12-pack rack)
Search sonar


Will you be using elevators to transport samples to the surface?yes
If yes, how many would you anticipate? 6

Science Supplied Equipment

Are you supplying equipment to be used on HOV Alvin yes
Has this equipment been used on Alvin before? yes
Please give a brief description of the equipment, its intended purpose, the cruise # it was last used on if any and its deployment method.
standard cork pressure connectors
ODI for geomicrob sled - drawings provided to Alvin
Does this equipment use an external pressure housing? yes
Has the pressure housing been tested per Alvin Pressure Test requirements? yes
Pressure housing schematic with dimensions and include air and water weights.
Air weight of this equipment? 3
Water weight of this equipment?
Does the equipment require a power interface from Alvin? yes
Voltage required null
Power required
Data Interface
Does the equipment meet the electrical requirements of the Alvin User Manual? yes
Please provide power and comms specifics, wiring diagram, pinout, and wiring harness in advance of the cruise.
Does this equipment require hydraulic inputs from the vehicle? no
Hydraulic schematic of the equipment requirements.
Does this equipment require manipulation? yes
If yes, please describe how the equipment is to be manipulated:
To connect to another ODI either on the wellhead or on the Geomicrobe sled
Will this equipment be deployed off the vehicle? no
If yes, please describe how the equipment is intended for deployment:
If yes, will the equipment be disconnected from the vehicle and left in situ? no
How long will the deployment be? 2  Days
Will the equipment be recovered by the same vehicle? yes
Do you intend to recover any other previously deployed equipment? yes
If yes, please describe this equipment:
OsmoSamplers, flow meter chimney, downhole OsmoSampler systems
Does this equipment use any glass spheres for either buoyancy or as pressure housings? no
Does the equipment have an associated computer or control panel for remote operation from the personnel sphere? yes
Has the computer or control panel been gas tested for use in the personnel sphere? yes

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized?no
Describe deployment method and quantity:

Additional Information

Brief operations description or comments:
Navy Clearance:
Granted 08/01/14:
WITHIN 10 NM RADIUS OF 45-45.8N 127-45.5W DURING PERIOD 100000T THRU 242400T AUG 14.
WITHIN 10 NM RADIUS OF 46-45.4N 127-43.9W DURING PERIOD 100000T THRU 242400T AUG 14.
WITHIN 10 NM RADIUS OF 47-45.2N 127-45.8W DURING PERIOD 100000T THRU 242400T AUG 14.
WITHIN 10 NM RADIUS OF 47-45.6N 127-45.7W DURING PERIOD 100000T THRU 242400T AUG 14.
WITHIN 10 NM RADIUS OF 47-45.5N 127-45.7W DURING PERIOD 100000T THRU 242400T AUG 14.

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: yes
Date Submitted: May 1, 2014
Date Approved:
Agent Information:

United States (Astoria, OR)

Master R/V Atlantis
Attn: Scientist's Name - AT26-18
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

Attn: Scientist's Name - AT26-18
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: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Catie Graver & Dave Simms
Mobe Aug 8 & 9
Demobe Aug 25.