Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire

OOI Pioneer-6, spring 2016


RV Neil Armstrong


Cruise Party

Paul Matthias: Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution LOSOS 213, MS#57 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 3672

Albert Plueddemann: Chief Scientist
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Clark 202A, MS#29 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2789

Departure: Woods Hole on May 12, 2016

Arrival: Woods Hole on Jun 3, 2016

Mobilization Date: May 11, 2016

Demobilization Date: Jun 4, 2016

Supporting documentation:


Operations Area: Continental shelf and slope south of New England

Lat/Lon: 40° 0.0′ N / 71° 0.0′ W

Depth Range: 60 / 600

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

Science objectives

This is the sixth major infrastructure deployment and servicing cruise for the Pioneer Array of the National Science Foundation’s Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). The Pioneer Array includes a network of moorings and autonomous robotic vehicles to monitor waters of the continental shelf and slope south of New England and, in particular, the shelfbreak front where nutrients and other properties are exchanged between the coast and the deep ocean. Data from the Pioneer Array will provide new insights into coastal ocean processes such as shelf/slope nutrient exchange, air-sea property exchange, carbon cycling, and ocean acidification that are important to the New England shelf, and to continental shelf ecosystems around the world. For further information, see http://www.oceanobservatories.org.

Science Activities

The Pioneer-6 cruise has multiple main objectives and several ancillary objectives. The main objectives can be grouped into six categories: 1) Deploy 3 Coastal Surface Moorings (CSMs) and recover up to 3 CSMs, 2) Deploy 5 Coastal Profiler Moorings (CPMs) and recover up to 5 CPMs, 3) Deploy 2 Coastal Surface Piercing Profilers (CSPPs), 4) Deploy 6 Coastal Pioneer (CP) Gliders and recover up to 6 CP Gliders, 5) Recover 1 AUV Dock and deploy AUVs for ship-attended missions, 6) Perform field evaluation activities, including CTD casts with water sampling. The ancillary objectives include 1) Compare buoy and shipboard data, 2) Conduct cross-shelf CTD surveys in the vicinity of the moored array, and 3) Conduct surveys using shipboard sensors (ADCP, thermosalinograph, multibeam) in the Pioneer moored array region. Because all equipment cannot be fit on deck, the cruise will involve multiple legs in and out of Woods Hole.

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Teleconference/Visit WHOI

Telcon option may be important for U Conn participants


Funding Agency: NSF #OOI

- added NSF #OOI on Feb 26, 2016 9:51 AM by Albert J. Plueddemann

R/V Armstrong

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
ADCP 300 kHz
ADCP 150 kHz
12 kHz Pinger for Wire Use
Deionized Water System
Science Underway Seawater System
Transponder Navigation - Sonardyne USBL
Navigation - Heading
Fume Hood
Navigation - Position
EM122 (12 kHz) Multibeam Echosounder
Dynamic Positioning System
Computer Network
ADCP 38 kHz

Shipboard Communication

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

CTD/Water Sampling

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

Sample Storage

Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.

Storage Notes: Freezer is backup for chlorophyll and nutrient samples


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

Will you be using Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation for other than Alvin operations? no



Navigation Notes: USBL transponder needed in conjunction with U Conn Kraken ROV deployment on Leg 1.
Kraken will want 2nd beacon for vehicle.


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Mooring / TSE winch

Winch Notes: Science party will also supply Lantec heavy lift winch. ROV group will supply ROV winch.

Wire use and application

Trawl Winch with 9/16th trawl wire

Wire Notes: Trawl winch is for possible dragging operations.
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: 20' rigging van Location: TBD
Water: no Power:yes
Science Van 2
Type/size: 20' flat rack (BRBs) Location: TBD
Water: no Power:no

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: yes Type: winches, tuggers, cleats
Cruise Specific Science Winch Required: yes Type: TSE, Lantec heavy lift, ROV
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: TSE winch, mooring deployment and recovery; Lantec winch, anchor deployment and recovery; ROV winch, ROV deployment and recovery.

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: yes Identify: TSE winch, Lantec winch, ROV winch, Rigging van
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: yes
SCUBA Diving Operations: no

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized? yes

Describe deployment method and quantity:
1000 liters methanol fuel bladder in surface mooring buoys. Standard mooring deployment methods. Spill kit will be supplied.

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes: no

Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise? yes

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): 

Other required equipment and special needs: Some AUV operations to be done.  Leg tBD
Date Submitted: Mar 1, 2016 11:00 AM by Eric Benway