Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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R/V Oceanus

Cruise Party

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

Departure: Sep 22, 2011

Woods Hole

Arrival: Sep 26, 2011

Woods Hole

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.

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Visit WHOI
Meeting Notes: At WHOI


Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: OCE 1005697

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Oceanus

Shipboard Equipment

ADCP 150 kHz
Bathymetry System 12 kHz

Shipboard Communication

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

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
Short Wave Solar Radiation
Wind speed and direction
Storage Notes:


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no
How many nets? null
How many tansponders? null
Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation? no


Navigation Notes:


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

Standard Oceanographic Cables

Slip ring required? no Number of conductors: 
Non-standard wire required? no Type: 
Traction winch required? no Describe: 

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
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
Describe deployment method and quantity:

Radioactive Material


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

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: no
Date Submitted:
Date Approved:
Agent Information:
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech: