Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire



RV Neil Armstrong


Cruise Party

William Hodgkiss: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
9500 Gilman Dr. La Jolla, CA US 92093-0701
+1 858 534 1798

Departure: Reykjavik, Iceland on Aug 4, 2018

Arrival: Reykjavik, Iceland on Aug 21, 2018

Mobilization Date: Aug 1, 2018

Demobilization Date: Aug 22, 2018

Supporting documentation:


Operations Area: Norwegian Sea ~300 nm ENE of Iceland

Lat/Lon: 66° 45.0′ N / 1° 30.0′ W

Depth Range: 2000 / 4000

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

Science objectives

Observation of the mid-frequency ambient noise spatial structure and temporal fluctuation characteristics.

Science Activities

Thermistor string deployment/recovery. Acoustic array deployment/recovery. Acoustic source transmissions (fixed stations and source tows).

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Teleconference


Funding Agency: ONR/NAVY #ONR 17-C-7049

- added ONR/NAVY #ONR 17-C-7049 on Mar 5, 2018 4:09 PM by Dr. William Hodgkiss

R/V Armstrong

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
ADCP 300 kHz
Sippican XBT System (Mark 21)
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
ADCP 150 kHz
EM122 (12 kHz) Multibeam Echosounder

Shipboard Equipment Notes:

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

Shipboard Communication Notes:

CTD/Water Sampling

SBE43 oxygen sensor
911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors

Critical CTD Sensors: 

MET Sensors

Wind speed and direction

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:

Please note that we will need 220V 3P 20A service on deck for our electric winch and air supply for 2 air tuggers (BU7A). 

Wire Notes:
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: Winch for acoustic array deployment and acoustic sound source deployment.

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: yes Identify: Please note that we will need 220V 3P 20A service on deck for our electric winch
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? yes

Describe deployment method and quantity:
Lithium batteries used for powering the acoustic array.

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes: no

Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise? no

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): 

Other required equipment and special needs: 

Mob/Demob Special Requirements: We will unload the container on the dock and will need a large forklift (> 5000 lbs capacity). We can operate the forklift if allowed, otherwise we will need an operator. Need ship crane support to load equipment on ship (max load 5000 lbs). We will plan to store the empty container on the dock if allowed, otherwise we would need to store on the ship for the experiment. 

Date Submitted: Mar 5, 2018 5:14 PM by Dr. William Hodgkiss