Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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RV Neil Armstrong

Cruise Party

Andy Bowen: Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Blake 215, MS#07 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2643

Timothy Shank: Chief Scientist
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Redfield 234B, MS#33 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 3392

Departure: May 2, 2016

Woods Hole

Arrival: May 9, 2016

Woods Hole

Operations Area

Canyon areas off of Cape Cod, OOI Pioneer Array
Depth Range: 200 / 2500
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? no

Science Objectives

Conduct ROV, AUV, and telepresence operations that include full utilization of laboratory and shipboard equipment use (e.g., ice machines, hoods, etc.) for a science verification and preparation for similar cruises utilizing these assets in the future.  The cruise science operations will begin at the Pioneer Array, where the ground cable will be disconnected, the AUV dock adn anchors recovered. Recover Acoustic Mooring deployed in SVC III by WHOI’s Dr. Ying-Tsong Lin.

Science Activities

1. Deploy Kraken-II ROV and disconnect ground cable at Pioneer Array; Recover AUV Dock, Recover anchors
2. ROV operations (Kraken-II), including exploration, image acquisition, and sampling biology and seafloor features in the deep-water canyons near the Pioneer Array
3. AUV operations (Nereid Under Ice Vehicle) that include surveying and image acquisition.  Communication to shore via telepresence operations.
4. Recover Lin Acoustic Mooring

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference/Visit WHOI
Meeting Notes: Two SVC IV meetings were held in the month of March, along with a walk through aboard the ship in April.
Media personnel on board: Video, Writer
Telepresence and possible writer/photographer


  Station 1
  Distance: null
  Days: null
  Latitude: 39° 56.4’ N
  Longitude: 70° 53.0’ W

Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: ONR/NAVY
Grant or contract number: 000000

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Armstrong

Other Science Vans:

Shipboard Equipment

ADCP 300 kHz
Navigation - Heading
Navigation - Position

Shipboard Communication

Is there a need to transfer data to shore on a regular basis?
Is there an expectation to use Skype or any other real-time video conference program?
Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

CTD/Water Sampling

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

Critical CTD Sensors

Sample Storage

Freezer -70°C 25 cu. ft.
Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.
Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft.
Storage Notes: Biological samples taken with Kraken ROV, requires -70 storage


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: Both Nereid Under Ice Vehicle and the Kracken ROV will need positional data at their control stations.
Winch Notes: The UCONN ROV, Kracken will set up it's winch in the hangar, leading the umbilical through the starboard overhead door and out to a block on the aft handling boom. Ships crane will deploy and recover Kracken.

Heavy Lift winch will be used to recover OOI Docking station
Winch Notes:

Standard Oceanographic Cables

Slip ring required? no
Non-standard wire required? no
Traction winch required? no
Science Van 1
Type/size: Generator Rack Location: aft deck, por side, outboard
Water: Power:
Science Van 2
Type/size: UCONN Control Van Location: aft deck, port side, inboard
Water: Power:

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: yes Type: Heavy Lift winch
Cruise Specific Science Winch Required: yes Type: ROC Winch (UCONN)
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: Nereid Under Ice AUV -
UConn Kracken II ROV- winch, umbilical and block

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: yes Identify 200 AMPS @ Heavy Lift WInch
Equipment Handling: yes Identify: ROV and AUV deployment with ships crane
Inter/intraship Communications: yes Identify: Telepresence
Science Stowage: yes Identify: Biological and Geological sampling from ROV
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:

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yesSpecialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
Nereid AUV will be deployed at night. Kracken ROV deployed during the dayOther required equipment and special needs:
Telepresence will be tested by Dwight Coleman and Ken Kostel

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: no
Date Submitted:
Date Approved:
Agent Information:
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech: