Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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R/V Oceanus

Cruise Party

Dan Bogarth: Principal Investigator
Organization Name
+1 508 548 1400

Maureen Conte: Chief Scientist
Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences c/o Ecosystems Center, MBL Woods Hole, MA USA 02543
+1 508 289 7744

Damian Grundle: Principal Investigator
University of Victoria Victoria, British Columbia Canada
+1 250 857 0270

Brian Hogue: Principal Investigator
Organization Name USA
+1 508 289 3436 ext. 3436

Scott Worrilow: Principal Investigator
Organization Name USA
+1 508 289 2458 ext. 2458

Departure: Oct 14, 2011

St Georges BDA

Arrival: Oct 16, 2011

St Georges

Operations Area

Lat/Lon: 31° 50.0′ N / 64° 10.0′ W
Depth Range: 4400 / 4500
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Bermuda
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

Recovery of OFP sediment trap mooring by deep ocean dragging ops.
Recovery of short OFP sediment trap mooring by normal mooring recovery ops.

Science Activities

Recovery of OFP sediment trap mooring by deep ocean dragging ops.
Recovery of short OFP sediment trap mooring by normal mooring recovery ops.

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Visit WHOI


  OFP site
  Distance: 50
  Days: 3
  Latitude: 31° 50.0’ N
  Longitude: 64° 10.0’ E

Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: OCE-0927098

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Oceanus

Shipboard Equipment

12 kHz Pinger for Wire Use
ADCP 75 kHz
Deionized Water System
Transducer well for visiting instrumentation
Bathymetry System 12 kHz

Shipboard Communication

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

Sample Storage

Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft.
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:


Mooring / TSE winch
Trawl Winch with 9/16th trawl wire
Winch Notes: Winches and assoc deck gear required for deep ocean dragging and also normal mooring recovery ops. Please contact Scott Worrilow for specific Oceanus equipment needs.

Wire use and application

Trawl Winch with 9/16th trawl wire
Wires Notes: WHOI dragging wire kit, including grapnels and pinger, will be attached to trawl wire . Please contact Scott Worrilow for specifics.

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: WHOI dragging kit
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: stowage for upright fridge/freezer, 2 wire baskets, 3 empty wire baskets, 3-4 hand carry crates
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:
The sediment trap samples contain mercuric chloride in seawater (200 mg/l conc.)

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yes
Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
Other required equipment and special needs:

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: yes
Diplomatic Clearance: yes
Date Submitted: Aug 17, 2011
Date Approved:
Agent Information:
Attn: Scientist's Name
c/o Meyer Shipping
Somers Wharf
14 Water St.
St. Georges, GE BX

Contact: Capt. John Moore
Fax: (441) 295-4556
Email: meyershipping@ibl.bm

Contact:  Joseph Simas, VP, Marine Operations
Phone:  1-441-296-9798
24 hour Cell:  1-441-337-8384
Fax:  1-441-295-4556
Email: JoeS@meyer.bm

Note: Agent and WHOI contacts should be copied on all communications. It is requested that shipment information of any equipment be communicated to the Agent and WHOI contacts
Anything Loaded in US that is returning needs at US Custom form 4455 filled out by Sept 29, 2011.
See Chad Smith for details.
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Pre Load at WHOI with Eglinton / Manganini Mob/cruise.
Oct 13 will probably be a Touch and Go with arrivial and departure same day.