Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire

OOI Argentine Basin


R/V Atlantis


Cruise Party

Sebastien Bigorre: Chief Scientist
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Clark 210A, MS#29 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2686

Paul Matthias: Principal Investigator
Organization Name USA
+1 508 289 3672

Departure: Montevideo on Nov 24, 2017

Arrival: Montevideo on Dec 14, 2017

Mobilization Date: Nov 21, 2017

Demobilization Date: Dec 16, 2017

Supporting documentation:

Operations Area: Argentine Basin

Lat/Lon: 42° 0.0′ S / 42° 0.0′ W

Depth Range: 3000 / 5200

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

Science objectives

1)         Recover the Argentine Basin Surface Mooring, GA01SUMO-00003

2)         Recover the Argentine Basin Profiler Mooring, GA02HYPM-00003

3)         Recover the Argentine Basin Profiler Mooring, GA02HYPM-00002

4)         Recover the Argentine Basin Flanking Mooring A, GA03FLMA-00003

5)         Recover the Argentine Basin Flanking Mooring B, GA03FLMB-00003

6)         Recover glider (#364) that is adrift

7)         Conduct ship vs buoy meteorological comparisons at the Surface Mooring sites.

8)         Conduct CTD casts with water sampling at the recovery sites, including glider (except GA02HYPM-00002 to avoid entanglement with broken mooring).

9)         Ancillary projects include the deployments of 8 Argo floats and 2 drifters. Launch locations are TBD at the time of this writing, but are not to impact the work for OOI.

Science Activities

Five mooring ops (4 subsurface, one surface). Moorings are full depth (~5,200 m). One subsurface mooring has failed and dragging ops may be needed.
Acoustic communications will be important to establish status of moorings by talking to acoustic releases and to instruments on the mooring line at each mooring.
CTD casts with water samples will be done at each mooring (except failed one) to establish validation/calibration of subsurface instruments prior to recovery. One CTD cast will go down to ~5000m.
Comparison between meteorological and oceanographic (ADCP, TSG, CO2, fluorometer, etc) measurements from the ship and the surface buoy (SUMO 3). Will require ship to hove to 1/2 nm downwind of buoy for ~ 24 hours.
Recovery of glider that drifted away from OOI mooring array. CTD cast prior to recovery is desired.
Launching 8 Argo floats during transit.
Launching 2 surface drifters during transit.

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Visit WHOI


  Argentine Basin
  Distance: 800
  Days: 13
  Latitude: 42° 0.0’ S
  Longitude: 42° 0.0’ W

Funding Agency: NSF #42033401 833231000000

- added NSF #42033401 833231000000 on Jun 27, 2017 1:12 PM by Eric Benway

R/V Atlantis

Shipboard Equipment

12 kHz Pinger for Wire Use
ADCP 75 kHz
Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
Deionized Water System
Navigation - Heading
Navigation - Position
Science Underway Seawater System
Sippican XBT System (Mark 21)

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

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 ECO-AFL fluorometer
Wet Labs FLNTURTD Combination Flourometer and Turbidity Sensor

Critical CTD Sensors:  OOI will bring O2 Titrator & Salinometer w/ bottles & standards

Hydrographic Analysis Equipment

Dissolved Oxygen Titration System (Brinkmann Titrator)

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.
Climate Controlled Walk-in
Scientific Walk-in Freezer

Storage Notes: Will need Walk-in Refere & Freezer available.

Will need science hold for empty cases and boxes for recovered equpip and instrumentation.
We will off  load everything at the end of the cruise.


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:


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Mooring / TSE winch
Other Portable Winch
Trawl Winch with 9/16th trawl wire

Winch Notes: Other portable winch is OOI LEBUS winch.  This  has been on Atlantis before.
TSE is back up winch.

Wire use and application

CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Trawl Winch with 9/16th trawl wire

Wire Notes: 9/16" wire for dragging only. - IF needed.
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: OOI Storage van Location: 01 deck
Water: no Power:no
Science Van 2
Type/size: OOI Rag Top (ball van) Location: 01 deck
Water: no Power:no
Science Van 3
Type/size: OOI RIGGING VAN Location: M.Deck
Water: no Power:yes

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: yes Type: Lebus winch
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: Yes, OOI & CRL team will bring mooring equip. including blocks, tuggers and takle.

WE WILL need Atlantis stern plate and A Frame guards to prevent wire chafing during cruise.

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: yes Identify: Lebus winch & Rigging Van (TSE back up)
Equipment Handling: no Identify: 
Inter/intraship Communications: no Identify: 
Science Stowage: yes Identify: for MT cases
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:
Instruments (micro cats) w/ small batteries.  Lithium batteris in MMPs and water sampling chemicals.    List to be submitted.

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes: no

Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise? yes

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): CTD's, Mulitbeam survey, AComms w/ Moorings.

Other required equipment and special needs: WE WILL need Atlantis stern plate and A Frame guards to prevent wire chafing during cruise.
Date Submitted: Jul 19, 2017 9:47 AM by Elizabeth A. Caporelli