Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire

Pioneer-10, Spring 2018


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

Sheri White: Chief Scientist
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution LOSOS 212, MS#57 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 3740

Departure: Woods Hole on Mar 24, 2018

Arrival: Woods Hole on Apr 14, 2018

Mobilization Date: Mar 22, 2018

Demobilization Date: Apr 15, 2018

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? N/A
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science objectives

This is the tenth 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-10 cruise will consist of 2 separate legs with distinct objectives. The main objectives of Leg A are to deploy and recover 3 Coastal Surface Moorings (CSMs), deploy up to 6 and recover up to 6 Coastal Pioneer (CP) Gliders, and deploy 2 AUVs (singly or simultaneously) for ship-attended missions. The main objectives of Leg B are to deploy 7 and recover 5 Coastal Profiler Moorings (CPMs). Both legs will involve ancillary activities, including CTD casts with water sampling adjacent to moorings, gliders and AUVs, comparison of buoy and shipboard data, cross-shelf CTD surveys in the vicinity of the moored array, and surveys using shipboard sensors (ADCP, EK-80, thermosalinograph, multibeam) in the Pioneer moored array region.

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Visit WHOI


Funding Agency: NSF #OOI

- added NSF #OOI on Jan 2, 2018 4:43 PM by Sheri N. White

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
Fume Hood
EK80 Sonar
Dynamic Positioning System
ADCP 38 kHz
EM710 MkII (40 to 100 kHz) Multibeam Echosounder

Shipboard Equipment Notes:

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

Shipboard Communication Notes:

CTD/Water Sampling

Wet Labs C*Star transmissometer (660nm wavelength)
SBE43 oxygen sensor
911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors
Biospherical underwater PAR (1000m depth limit) with reference Surface PAR
Wet Labs FLNTURTD Combination Flourometer and Turbidity Sensor

Critical CTD Sensors: 

Hydrographic Analysis Equipment

Salt Bottles (2 cases of 125 ml provided)

MET Sensors

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

Sample Storage

Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.
Scientific Walk-in Refrigerator

Storage Notes: Freezer for chlorophyll and nutrient samples.
Refrigerator (@ 4°C) for post-recovery calibration of nutrient sensors.


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: Serial GPS feed for Chief Sci laptop navigation application.


Other Portable Winch
UNOLS Winch Pool

Winch Notes: Science party has reserved TSE split drum winch from winch pool. Science party will supply Lantec heavy-lift winch.

Wire use and application

CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
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: Flat rack, 20' Location: Port side, main deck
Water: no Power:no
Science Van 2
Type/size: Rigging van, 20' ISO Location: Port side, main deck
Water: no Power:yes
Science Van 3
Type/size: Storage 20' Location: Port side, main deck
Water: no Power:no
Science Van 4
Type/size: Flat Rack 20' Location: Port side, main deck
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
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, for mooring deployment and recovery; Lantec Heavy Lift winch, for anchor deployment and recovery.

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: yes Identify: TSE, rigging van: 440V 3 ph, Lantec: 480V 160A
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:
HAZMAT info will be attached in a separate document.  Lithium Batteries, Q size Nitrogen Gas cylinder and Water Sampling Chemicals.

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes: no

Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise? yes

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): SSSG will be able to handle most activities. Occasional need for Bos'n and deck help (crane) for short periods, e.g. a glider deployment or recovery.

Other required equipment and special needs: AUV handling equipment (SOO-LARS) will need to be installed on starboard aft arm for Leg A.
Date Submitted: Jan 4, 2018 11:54 AM by Sheri N. White