Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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R/V Atlantis

Cruise Party

Douglas Capone: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
University of Southern California / Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies & Department of Biological Sciences 3616 Trousdale Parkway P.O. BOX AHF 108 Los Angles, Ca USA 90089-0371
+1 213 740 2772

Departure: Jan 28, 2010

Iquique, Chile

Arrival: Mar 3, 2010

Arica, Chile

Operations Area

Eastern Tropical South Pacific / Grid 20 S, 80 W to 20 S, 110 W to 10 S 110 W, to 10 S 80 @W
Lat/Lon: 20° 0.0′ S / 80° 0.0′ W
Depth Range: 3000 / max (m)
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? NO
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

Documenting N2 fixation in N deficient waters of the Eastern Tropical South Pacific

Science Activities

Upper water column biogeochemistry, shallow and deep sediment trap deployment @ six major (>24h) stations.

No Station positions have been given.  The operating box is this:

Lattitude 10 South, from 80W to 110W
then along
Lattitude 20 South, from 80W to 110W.

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference
Meeting Notes: Dec 4, 2009 @ 1300 EDT teleconference w/ Doug Capone, Will Berelson and Jim Moffett


Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 0850801/0850905

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Atlantis

Other Science Vans:

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz
ADCP 150 kHz
Science Underway Seawater System
Deionized Water System
Fume Hood
Navigation - Position

CTD/Water Sampling

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

Critical CTD Sensors

Hydrographic Analysis Equipment


MET Sensors

Barometric Pressure
Air temperature
Relative Humidity
Wind speed and direction

Sample Storage

Freezer -70°C 25 cu. ft.
Climate Controlled Walk-in
Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no
How many nets? 0
How many tansponders? 0
Will you be using Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation?no


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire

Standard Oceanographic Cables

  Instrument(s) Instrument Weight(s) Maximum Depth
Conducting Hydro: ship CTD rosette 3000 m
Hydro: TMC Rosette (JMoffett) 1000 lbs 1000 m
Slip ring required? no
Non-standard wire required? yes Type: KEVLAR for smaller rosette
Traction winch required? yesDescribe: TSE for sediment trap moorings

Portable Vans

Chemical Storage Van
Science Van 1
Type/size: Science Storage Van Location: 01 Deck
Water: no Power:no
Science Van 2
Type/size: Moffett Lab Van Location: 01 deck
Water: yes Power:yes

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: yes Type: TSE IV - provided by sssg/RT
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? yes Details: 1) Jim Moffett will have a smaller TMC rosette (10x5l bottles) deployed with the 1000m 1/4" Kevlar line from the 01 deck hydro winch. 
   a) He will bring his Harken (clean?) block (SWL15,000#)

All sedtrap/net deployment equip will need to be supplied by WHOI.

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: yes Identify for Moffett lab van on 01 deck
Equipment Handling: yes Identify: A Frame will be needed for trap deployments (pending USN apvl.)
Inter/intraship Communications: no Identify: 
Science Stowage: yes Identify: space for sci storage van 01 deck
Water: yes Identify: for Moffett lab van on 01 deck

Additional Cruise Items/Activities

Explosive Devices:no Portable Air Compressors:yes Flammable Gases:yes 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?noSpecialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
Other required equipment and special needs:

Checklist & Notes


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

Primary Agent:
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  

R/V Ship Name
Attn: Scientist's Name
c/o Agencias Universales S.A. (AGUNSA) Iquique
Serrano 145,
Of.401, 4th Floor
CHILE   1100596

Phone: 56-9-541600
Fax:  56-57-541690

Agent: Pedro Frioli
Cell:  56-9-4424705

Logistics and Port Agent:  Hernan Valdivia M
Cell:  56-9-3238479

Ship's Operations:  husbandingiqq@agunsa.cl
Cell:  56-9-7430516

AGUNSA Chile Head Office Contact: Gonzalo J. De la Sotta
Ship's Operations
Phone: 56-32-2556282
Fax: 56-32-2257586
Cell: 56-9-97484109
email: gdelasotta@agunsa.cl, operations@agunsa.cl

Note: Primary Agent, Subagent and WHOI contacts should be copied on all communications.  It is requested that shipment information of any equipment be communicated to the Agent and WHOI contacts
Chile has $131.00 usd entry fee.
Isotope Use Approval: yes
Isotope Notes:
Will Berelson will be using thorium on deck.  He has been approved (see attached proposal) use and will take all precautions to ensure that no tracer isotope will contaminate the ship.  It has a 60 day life span. 
- Approved by David Fisichella on 12/11/09.  Email and protocol will be emailed to Atlantis SSSG.
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Catie G. and Dave S.
TSE winch to be shipped to Puntareanas Costa Rica for loading by Jan 13th 2010, along with multicore. 
No vans to be loaded on in Costa Rica.

In Iquique, 2 vans to be loaded onto the 01 deck.
1) is Jim Moffetts lab van (8x20) - needs power and phone line. ~17,200 lbs = SHORE CRANE (ok by sci)
2) is a science storage van. (8x20) ~ 18,600 lbs = SHORE CRANE (ok by sci)
3) N2 gasses to be loaded - arranged by science and Agent in Chile
4) Dry Ice: 50 - 100 lbs - arranged by science and Agent in Chile.
5) kevlar and J.Moffett rosette will be brought on in sci van.
The uncontaminated seawater supply lines will need to be "cleaned" prior to the cruise.  David Fisichella, working w/ sssg techs on board are making a plan regarding this process.

1) Shore crane required for 2 vans (will split costs with WHOI Sentry group because they are loading during same port call March 3-6).
2) TSE winch will need to be off loaded and shipped back direct to WHOI
3) LN2 and Dry Ice will be deliverd to ship for science - storing and shipping samples