Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire



RV Neil Armstrong


Cruise Party

Lloyd Keigwin: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution McLean 207A, MS#08 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2784

Departure: WH on Sep 11, 2017

Arrival: Pta. Delgado on Oct 2, 2017

Mobilization Date: Sep 10, 2017

Supporting documentation:

Operations Area: Mud patch, NE Seamounts, Sohm Abyssal Plain, abyssal hills near Corner Rise, western flank of MAR


Depth Range: min / max (m)

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

Science objectives

Survey and take long (20 m) cores as well as shorter ones from about 15 deep water (>3500m) locations between WH and Azores

Science Activities

piston, gravity, and multicoring; hydrocasting; seafloor surveying (multibeam, 3.5 kHz)

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Teleconference


  Gilliss Smt.
  Distance: null
  Days: 0.5
  Latitude: 35° 40.0’ N
  Longitude: 58° 41.0’ W

  Abyssal Hills site(s)
  Distance: null
  Days: 2
  Latitude: 37° 0.0’ N
  Longitude: 48° 30.0’ W

  Sohm A.P. sed drift
  Distance: null
  Days: 0.5
  Latitude: 36° 18.0’ N
  Longitude: 57° 0.0’ W

  Atlantis II Seamount
  Distance: null
  Days: 0.5
  Latitude: 38° 18.643’ N
  Longitude: 63° 0.353’ W

  Distance: 100
  Days: 0.25
  Latitude: 40° 30.0’ N
  Longitude: 70° 45.0’ W

Funding Agency: NSF #OCE-1558307

- added NSF #OCE-1558307 on Jul 17, 2017 12:44 PM by Lloyd Keigwin

R/V Armstrong

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
Dynamic Positioning System

Shipboard Equipment Notes: Is there a 3.5kHz pinger available for wire use?

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

Shipboard Communication Notes:

CTD/Water Sampling

911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors

Critical CTD Sensors: 

Sediment Sampling

Piston corers
Gravity corers

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:

Winch Notes:

Wire use and application

3/8" Hydro Wire

Wire Notes: new synthetic rope for piston coring
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' van for core logger to be provided by OSU Location:
Water: Power:

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: 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? no

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): core logger may come with Cs source for gamma ray attenuation

Other required equipment and special needs: 
Date Submitted: Jul 17, 2017 12:52 PM by Lloyd Keigwin