Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire



R/V Knorr


Cruise Party

Amy Bower: Principal Investigator
Organization Name USA
+1 508 289 2781

Brian Guest: Chief Scientist
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Bigelow 103, MS#12 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 3275

Departure: Woods Hole on Jun 16, 2014

Arrival: Reykjavic on Jun 30, 2014

Mobilization Date: Jun 14, 2014

Demobilization Date: Jul 1, 2014

Supporting documentation:


Operations Area: Central Subpolar North Atlantic 50.5-53N 30-43W


Depth Range: 3100 / 4400

Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? n/a
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science objectives

This cruise is part of the OSNAP (Overturning of the Subpolar North Atlantic) program. It is the first of three legs for Year 1 of the program, on which the initial suite of moorings will be deployed.   The primary goal of OSNAP is to better understand the subpolar north atlantic role in meridional overturning circulation.  This cruise begins the set-up of the sound source array, and deployment of subsurface floats.

Science Activities

1. Deploy three sound source moorings in the central North Atlantic.  The deep moorings are approx. 3500 m, and sources will be attached to moorings at 1200 meters depth. 
2. Depoyment of approx. 10 RAFOS floats near the Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone.

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Teleconference


  Distance: 19
  Days: 0.08
  Latitude: 52° 27.54’ N
  Longitude: 35° 16.08’ W

  Distance: 193
  Days: 0.08
  Latitude: 52° 44.86’ N
  Longitude: 35° 19.44’ W

  Distance: 473
  Days: 0.5
  Latitude: 53° 0.0’ N
  Longitude: 30° 0.0’ W

  Distance: 206.5
  Days: 0.5
  Latitude: 52° 30.0’ N
  Longitude: 43° 0.0’ W

  Distance: 1444.70
  Days: 0.5
  Latitude: 50° 30.0’ N
  Longitude: 38° 30.0’ W

Funding Agency: NSF #OCE1259618

- added NSF #OCE1259618 on Mar 18, 2014 10:46 AM by Heather Furey

R/V Knorr

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

Critical CTD Sensors: 

Storage Notes:


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no

Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation? no



Navigation Notes:


Mooring / TSE winch

Winch Notes: TSE winch has been reserved with the east coast winch pool.

Wire Notes:
Slip ring required? no Number of conductors: 
Non-standard wire required? no Type: 
Traction winch required? no Describe: 

Other Science Vans:

Other Science Vans:
Science Van 1
Type/size: ragtops, to be coordinated with following OSNAP legs Location:
Water: Power:

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: yes Type: sounds source moorings
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

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes: no

Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise? yes

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): Deck assistance with mooring deployments.

Other required equipment and special needs: 
Date Submitted: Mar 18, 2014 11:30 AM by Heather Furey