Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire

At Sea Test 2


R/V Oceanus


Cruise Party

Robert Weller: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Clark 204A, MS#29 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2508

Departure: Woods Hole on Sep 22, 2011

Arrival: Woods Hole on Sep 26, 2011

Mobilization Date: Sep 20, 2011

Demobilization Date: Sep 27, 2011

Supporting documentation:

Operations Area: Pioneer Array, 39deg to 40deg 20'N, 70deg 30' to 71deg W

Lat/Lon: 39° 40.0′ N / 70° 47.5′ W

Depth Range: 500 / 2,500

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

Science objectives

1) To deploy for at sea testing three prototype moorings of the type to be used in the Coastal and Global Scale Nodes (CGSN) of the NSF Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI).
2)  To test and characterize the performance of the hardware of these moorings and of the instrumentation and associated electronics.
3) To test power generation systems on the surface buoy and measure power consumption.
4) To test data telemetry and the flow of data from the instruments to the shore.
5) To assess the impacts of bioufouling.
6) To validate mooring deployment and recovery procedures.
7) To test software on the deployed platforms and at the shore facilities.
8) To validate mooring designs.

Science Activities

1) Deploy Coastal Surface Mooring close to 39 deg 55.0 minutes N, 70 degrees, 47.5 minutes W in approximately 520 m of water.
2) Deploy Coastal Profiler Mooring close to 39 deg 55.0 minutes N, 70 degrees, 47.5 minutes W in approximately 520 m of water.
3) Deploy Global Mooring close to 39 deg 30.0 minutes N, 70 degrees, 47.5 minutes W in approximately 2,480 m of water.

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Visit WHOI



Funding Agency: NSF #OCE 1005697

- added NSF #OCE 1005697 on May 26, 2011 10:38 AM by Robert A. Weller

R/V Oceanus

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
ADCP 150 kHz

Shipboard Communication

Is there a need to receive data from shore on a regular basis?
Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

CTD/Water Sampling

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

Critical CTD Sensors: 

MET Sensors

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

Storage Notes:


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

Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation? no



Navigation Notes:


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

Winch Notes: CGSN will bring Heavy Lift Winch as well as TSE.  Heavy lift winch  460V 3 phase peak 70 amps
TSE winch 460 volt 3 phase peak 60 amps
May run both at once

Winch 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: yes Type: winches, tuggers, real stands
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: Heavy lift winch, TSE mooring winch
Will do 3 acoustic releases lowerings 500 to 1000 meter

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: yes Identify: see winch section
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? yes

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): If needed to complete mooring work

Other required equipment and special needs: May lift 6500 lb anchor using heavy lift winch and A-frame
Date Submitted: Jun 22, 2011 1:36 PM by Robert A. Weller