Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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R/V Oceanus

Cruise Party

Don Anderson: Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Redfield 3-32, MS#32 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2351

Dennis McGillicuddy: Chief Scientist
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Bigelow 209A, MS#11 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2683

Departure: Jul 29, 2010

Woods Hole

Arrival: Aug 6, 2010

Woods Hole

Operations Area

Cruise track will differ between cruises depending upon results and found areas of cell concentrations NA4
Lat/Lon: 40° 30.0′ N / 69° 0.0′ W
Depth Range: 0 / 250
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Canada
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

Synoptic mapping of Alexandrium fundyense, hydrography, and velocity in the coastal current from Cape Cod to Georges Bank, Cape Cod to Bay of Fundy

Science Activities

CTD casts, Drifter deployments and water pumping

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Visit WHOI


Supporting documentation:


Funding Agency: NOAA
Grant or contract number: NA06NOS4780245

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Oceanus

Shipboard Equipment

ADCP 75 kHz
Fume Hood

CTD/Water Sampling

Seapoint STM turbidity sensor
Wet Labs C*Star transmissometer (660nm wavelength)
Wet Labs ECO-AFL fluorometer
911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors
SBE43 oxygen sensor
Biospherical underwater PAR (1000m depth limit) with reference Surface PAR

Critical CTD Sensors

Critical High Flow 10L niskin bottles w/ larger aluminum frame to be used

Hydrographic Analysis Equipment

Salt Bottles (2 cases of 125 ml provided)

MET Sensors

Barometric Pressure
Air temperature
Relative Humidity
Short Wave Solar Radiation
Wind speed and direction

Sample Storage

Chest Freezer (Household type) 0°F
Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.
Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft.
Storage Notes: 1) 2 chest freezers to be loaded July 27th into Main Lab
2) Chemical storage box to be loaded July 27


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no
How many nets? 0
How many tansponders? 0
Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation? yes


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire

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?yes
Describe deployment method and quantity:

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yes
Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
Other required equipment and special needs:
Wet lab bench and shelving system to be set up July 27th.

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: yes
Diplomatic Clearance: no
Date Submitted: Jan 13, 2010
Date Approved: Feb 3, 2010
Agent Information:
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech: