Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire

SEEPC Barbados 2011


R/V Oceanus


Cruise Party

Cindy Van Dover: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Duke University Marine Laboratory 135 Duke Marine Lab Rd Beaufort, NC US 28516
+1 252 504 7655

Departure: Bridgetown Barbados on May 17, 2011

Arrival: Bridgetown Barbados on May 20, 2011

Mobilization Date: May 15, 2011

Demobilization Date: May 21, 2011

Supporting documentation:


Operations Area: Barbados Accretionary Wedge

Lat/Lon: 11° 14.0′ N / 59° 22.0′ W

Depth Range: 1000 / 2200

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

Science objectives

Preliminary science activities at 3 Barbados seep sites (El Pilar, Orenoque A, Orenoque B) on the accretionary wedge for return visit to sites with DSRV Alvin in May-June 2012.  Part of the Seep Connectivity Project funded by NSF to investigate historical and contemporary linkages among Barbados, Gulf OF MExico, and Blake Ridge seep species.

Science Activities

At each site:
1) Sub-bottom profiling to locate seep areas
2) MOCNESS tow for larval sampling
3) Deep-water (35 m HOB) mooring deployment (current meter, 2 sediment/larval traps per mooring)
4) Bone/wood package deployment

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Teleconference


  El Pilar
  Distance: 110
  Days: 0.6
  Latitude: 11° 14.0’ N
  Longitude: 59° 22.0’ W

Funding Agency: NSF #1031050

- added NSF #1031050 on Jan 13, 2011 5:01 PM by Prof Cindy Lee Van Dover

R/V Oceanus

Shipboard Equipment

Sippican XBT System (Mark 21)
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
ADCP 150 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz
Deionized Water System
Science Underway Seawater System

Critical CTD Sensors: 

MET Sensors

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

Sample Storage

Chest Freezer (Household type) 0°F
Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.
Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft.


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no

Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation? no

Winch Notes: MOCNESS
Winch Notes: Whatever is needed for MOCNESS.  
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: Berth Van 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: yes Identify: mooring floats and anchors (3 each)
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:
5% buffered formalin(arriving on ship as 43% formalin) (probably no more than 1 liter)
95% ethanol (5 gal or less)
2% glutaraldehyde (100 ml or less)

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes: no

Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise? yes

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): MOCNESS

Other required equipment and special needs: We will be deploying moorings, but after discussion with David Fisichella, my understanding is that we need no specialized deck equipment for this.
Date Submitted: Jan 14, 2011 1:06 PM by Prof Cindy Lee Van Dover