Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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R/V Knorr

Cruise Party

Ruth Curry: Chief Scientist
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Clark 354, MS#21 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2799

Kurt Polzin: Principal Investigator
Organization Name USA
+1 508 289 3368

Departure: May 15, 2011

Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe

Arrival: Jun 13, 2011

St. Georges, Bermuda

Operations Area

Western North Atlantic
Lat/Lon: 20° 0.0′ N / 55° 0.0′ W
Depth Range: 4000 / 6000
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Anguilla, Saint Kitts, Guadeloupe, Bermuda
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

The purpose of the cruise is to acquire full water column profiles of temperature, salinity, pressure, oxygen and velocity using a shipboard CTD/rosette and the High Resolution Profiler (HRP-II), plus detailed bathymetry (with SeaBeam)  across a variety of topographic features between Guadeloupe,  the mid Atlantic Ridge and Bermuda Rise.  These data will be used to investigate the strength of turbulent mixing, deep properties and flows across the region of study and their relationship to seafloor topography.

Science Activities

~ 120 HRP deployments
~ 70 CTD/rosette stations, with water samples for salinity, oxygen, nutrients
SeaBeam survey

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Visit WHOI
Meeting Notes: Curry and Polzin will meet with Marine Ops personnel.


Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: OCE-0926848

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Knorr

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz

CTD/Water Sampling

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

Critical CTD Sensors

A backup CTD/rosette package is requested. Smaller Nisken bottles are acceptable for both pkges.

Hydrographic Analysis Equipment

Salt Bottles (2 cases of 125 ml provided)
Oxygen Sample Bottles (available in 150 ml sizes)

Sample Storage

Freezer -20°C
Storage Notes: Samples for nutrient analysis will be stored for onshore analysis.


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
Winch Notes: HRP II has its own winch and deck tracks which will be installed in port.

Standard Oceanographic Cables

  Instrument(s) Instrument Weight(s) Maximum Depth
Conducting Hydro: CTD/rosette 6000 m
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?no
Describe deployment method and quantity:

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yes
Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
Tech support for Seabeam acquisition and processing.
Other required equipment and special needs:

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: yes
Diplomatic Clearance: yes
Date Submitted: Oct 13, 2010
Date Approved: Dec 31, 2010
Agent Information:
PORT EVERGLADES:  For loading 20 foot container May 6.

Master R/V KNORR
Attn: Scientist's Name
Wilhelmsen's Ship Services
8030 N.W. 77 Court
Medley, FL   33166

Edwin Delgado
Marine Manager
North America
Tel: 305-883-3829
Fax: 305-675-9260
Email: 'edwin.delgado@wilhelmsen.com'

AGENT NOTE: For all reply emails please use the following email address:
wss-mia-shipsagency@wilhelmsen.com  unless yourequire personal & confidential communication then please reply to 'edwin.delgado@wilhelmsen.com'



Master R/V KNORR
Attn: Scientist's Name
c/o Meyer Shipping
Somers Wharf
14 Water St.
St. Georges, GE BX

Contact: Capt. John Moore
Fax: (441) 295-4556
Email: meyershipping@ibl.bm

Note: Agent 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

Bermuda and Anguila.

US Custom form 4455 for 20 foot container load in Port Everglades.
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Anton Zafero, George Tupper SSSG Techs
Amy Simmenaeu and Peter Lemmond will be multibeam techs for this cruise.