Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire

SVC leg 5


RV Neil Armstrong


Cruise Party

Rob. Evans: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Clark 263, MS#22 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2673

Departure: WHOI on Jun 9, 2016

Arrival: WHOI on Jun 13, 2016

Mobilization Date: Jun 7, 2016

Demobilization Date: Jun 13, 2016

Supporting documentation:


Operations Area: Across the shelf southeast of Martha's Vineyard

Lat/Lon: 40° 0.0′ N / 70° 0.0′ W

Depth Range: 50 / 2800

Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? no

Science objectives

To carry out geophysical surveying (seismic and tow-camera imagery) across the shelf-break southeast of Martha's Vineyard over areas of potential fluid seepage and seafloor failure.

recovery of  5 seafloor instruments.

Deploy a wave-glider and collect a profile of towed magnetics data.

deployment and recovery of a shielded ocean bottom seismometer

Science Activities

-deploy LDEO seismometer
-collect an across-shelf magnetics profile
-recover 5 WHOI seafloor MT instruments
-deploy waveglider while MT instruments are being recovered
-tow a series of seismic lines with sparker source and streamer
-carry out a series of deep-tow camera profiles

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Visit WHOI


Funding Agency: WHOI #27500075

- added WHOI #27500075 on May 24, 2016 11:07 AM by Dr Rob. L. Evans

R/V Armstrong

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Transponder Navigation - Sonardyne USBL
Navigation - Heading
Knudsen SBP
EM122 (12 kHz) Multibeam Echosounder
EK80 Sonar
Dynamic Positioning System
Computer Network
Towed Magnetometer

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 Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation for other than Alvin operations? no



Navigation Notes: USBL navigation for use during tow-cam operations


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire

Winch Notes: The Tow Cam will be used from the CTD winch and wire.

Wire Notes: A MASH2K heave compensating winch with line will be mounted on the aft deck to be used for deployment of the LDEO seismometer.
Slip ring required? no Number of conductors: 
Non-standard wire required? no Type: 
Traction winch required? no Describe: 

Other Science Vans:

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? yes

Details: A seismic streamer and sparker source will be deployed over the stern. The streamer has a winch which will be mounted on aft deck.

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): EK80 and multibeam.

Other required equipment and special needs: Recovery of seafloor MT instruments will require crane use over the side.

deployment of waveglider will require crane work over the side.

Recovery of LDEO seismometer will most likely be through A-frame.

Date Submitted: May 24, 2016 11:09 AM by Dr Rob. L. Evans