Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire

MAR, 16N


R/V Knorr


Cruise Party

Henry Dick: Principal Investigator
Organization Name
+1 508 289 2183

Hans Schouten: Principal Investigator
Organization Name
+1 508 2892 2574

Deborah Smith: Chief Scientist
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Clark 243B, MS#22 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2472

Departure: Barbados on May 14, 2013

Arrival: Woods HOle on Jun 19, 2013

Mobilization Date: May 13, 2013

Demobilization Date: Jun 20, 2013

Supporting documentation:


Operations Area: Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Lat/Lon: 16° 30.0′ N / 46° 35.0′ W

Depth Range: 1800 m / 4500 m

Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? no

Science objectives

The science objectives are to understand the processes controlling the formation, evolution, and linking of mid-segment detachment faults, and to examine the relationship between magma supply along the ridge axis and detachment fault formation.

Science Activities

Our plan is to obtain regional multibeam bathymetry and magnetic data to understand the spreading history out to 5 Ma. High-resolution multibeam bathymetry, magnetic, CTD and optical sensor data will be collected from the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Sentry, and photographs from the WHOI Towcam.  We will also complete an extensive dredging operation.

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Teleconference/Visit WHOI


Funding Agency: NSF #86216500

- added NSF #86216500 on Dec 27, 2012 2:23 PM by Deborah K. Smith

R/V Knorr

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
Towed Magnetometer

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

Critical CTD Sensors: is there a gravimeter on Knorr?

Storage Notes:


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

Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation? no



Navigation Notes: we will need usbl for any dredges or towcam that are in the water when Sentry is.


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire

Winch Notes: Towcam will use the CTD winch.

Wire use and application

CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire

Wire Notes:
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: Sentry van, Towcam equipment 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? yes

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): 24 hr operations

Other required equipment and special needs: 
Date Submitted: Dec 27, 2012 2:30 PM by Deborah K. Smith