Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire



R/V Knorr


Cruise Party

Steven D'Hondt: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
South Ferry Road Narragansett, RI USA 02882
+1 401 874 6808

Robert Pockalny: Principal Investigator
Organization Name South Ferry Road Narragansett, RI USA 02882
+1 401 874 6926

Arthur Spivack: Principal Investigator
South Ferry Road Narragansett, Rhode Island USA 02882
+1 401 423 0063

Departure: Astoria on Oct 25, 2014

Arrival: Astoria on Dec 2, 2014

Mobilization Date: Oct 21, 2014

Demobilization Date: Dec 2, 2014

Supporting documentation:

Operations Area: Juan de Fuca Ridge and its flanks

Lat/Lon: 44° 45.0′ N / 131° 0.0′ W

Depth Range: 2200 / 3200

Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Canada, possibly.
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science objectives

1. Constrain salinity and preformed nitrate of the North Atlantic across a wide range of waterdepths during the last glacial maximum

2. investigate the habitability and microbial communities of deep sediment and seawater in representative regions and sediment types in the western North Atlantic

Science Activities

Long piston coring, gravity coring multi-coring, CTD/Niskin operations; multibeam and 3.5 kHz mapping of sites; shipboard studies of interstitial water chemistry; shipboard core logging; shipboard sampling for geochemistry, microbiology, paleoceanography

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Teleconference/Visit WHOI


  Station 7
  Distance: 410
  Days: 2
  Latitude: 29° 0.0’ N
  Longitude: 58° 30.0’ W

  Station 6
  Distance: 600
  Days: 2
  Latitude: 22° 30.0’ N
  Longitude: 57° 0.0’ W

  Station 5
  Distance: 60
  Days: 2
  Latitude: 15° 25.0’ N
  Longitude: 49° 50.0’ W

  Station 4
  Distance: 100
  Days: 2
  Latitude: 15° 0.0’ N
  Longitude: 49° 10.0’ W

  Station 3
  Distance: 170
  Days: 2
  Latitude: 15° 30.0’ N
  Longitude: 50° 25.0’ W

  Station 2
  Distance: 250
  Days: 2
  Latitude: 14° 50.0’ N
  Longitude: 48° 0.0’ W

  Station 1
  Distance: 1700
  Days: 2
  Latitude: 15° 45.0’ N
  Longitude: 51° 60.0’ W

  Core test
  Distance: 150
  Days: 1
  Latitude: 39° 50.0’ N
  Longitude: 68° 40.0’ W

Funding Agency: NSF #OCE-1433150

- added NSF #OCE-1433150 on Jul 9, 2014 10:38 PM by Steven D'Hondt

R/V Knorr

Shipboard Equipment

12 kHz Pinger for Wire Use
ADCP 300 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz
Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
Deionized Water System
Fume Hood
Science Underway Seawater System
Sippican XBT System (Mark 21)
Towed Magnetometer

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet
Is there a need to receive data from shore on a regular basis?

CTD/Water Sampling

911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors
SBE43 oxygen sensor
Seapoint STM turbidity sensor
Wet Labs C*Star transmissometer (660nm wavelength)
Wet Labs ECO-AFL fluorometer
Wet Labs FLNTURTD Combination Flourometer and Turbidity Sensor

Critical CTD Sensors: 

Hydrographic Analysis Equipment

Dissolved Oxygen Titration System (Brinkmann Titrator)
Oxygen Sample Bottles (available in 150 ml sizes)
Salt Bottles (2 cases of 125 ml provided)

MET Sensors

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

Sediment Sampling

Gravity corers
Jumbo Long Corer
Piston corers

Sample Storage

Freezer -20°C
Freezer -70°C 25 cu. ft.
Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.
Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft.
Chest Freezer (Household type) 0°F

Storage Notes: Need as much cold storage as possible, particularly -70C


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

Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation? no



Navigation Notes:


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire

Winch Notes: Need winches necessary for gravity coring, multi-coring, CTD operation and long coring

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

Portable Vans

Cold Storage Van
Isotope Van
Chemical Storage Van

Other Science Vans:

Other Science Vans:
Science Van 1
Type/size: OSU MST van Location:
Water: Power:yes

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: yes
Small Boat Operations: no
SCUBA Diving Operations: no

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized? yes

Describe deployment method and quantity:

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes: no

Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise? yes

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): coring, CTD/Niskin

Other required equipment and special needs: 
Date Submitted: Jul 14, 2014 4:05 PM by Steven D'Hondt