Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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R/V Atlantis


ROV Jason

Cruise Party

Joan Bernhard: Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Watson Building 219, MS#52 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 3480

Virginia Edgcomb: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Watson Building 213, MS#52 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 3734

Departure: Nov 25, 2011

Piraeus, Greece

Arrival: Dec 8, 2011

Piraeus, Greece

Operations Area

E. Mediterranean
Lat/Lon: 35° 19.213′ N / 21° 41.351′ E
Depth Range: 2000 / 6000
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Greece
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

1. Water column sampling at two basins: Discovery and Urania Basins, at 3 depths: brine (approx 3500-4000m depth), halocline (~3500m), and reference (~2000m) using a new sampler, the SID-ISMS (under construction). Niskin rosette as backup.
2. Sediment coring at both basins, using ROV Jason. Cores will be collected in 3 locations for each basin, the "bathtub ring" where the halocline impinges on the seafloor, the brine, and a reference core sample from above the halocline.

Science Activities

1. Water column sampling using the SID-ISMS to collect in situ filtered water (ship must hold position during deployment while instrument is working) and preserved in situ for molecular work.
2. Water column sampling using the SID-ISMS to collect in situ filtered and preserved samples for FISH/microscopy experiments.
3. Grazing experiment using SID-ISMS to collect water from halocline of each basin and measure the grazing rates of protozoa over a 6 hour period. Instrument must stay down at depth during the 6 hours. Sampler can be lifted to ~3000 m depth to get it away from the bottom., but ship must stay in position to avoid dragging the sampler
4. Coring of "bathtub ring" at each basin using the ROV Jason which will be used to locate the bathtub ring and then collect cores at that location.
5. Coring of brine at each basin. ROV Jason will reach into the brine from the bathtub ring area and will collect cores.  Corers will be a combination of large Jason pushcores (Bernhard owns a number of these and will bring them) and also some "Tim Shank type RNAlater samplers".  These need to be fabricated (and perhaps some borrowed from Shank). 
6. Coring of a reference sample from outside the halocline (above) at each basin (normal seawater sediments).

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Visit WHOI
Meeting Notes: we have date for Thursday at 3pm
Media personnel on board: Video, Writer
Dive and Discover


  Distance: 200
  Days: 6
  Latitude: 35° 19.213’ N
  Longitude: 21° 41.351’ E

  Station 2
  Distance: 20
  Days: 6
  Latitude: 35° 13.674’ N
  Longitude: 21° 28.58’ E

Supporting documentation:

Notes: 1 day into cruise Atlantis was diverted to pick up 93 Edgyptians on a disalbed fishing boat.  This took 16 hrs total from cruise / science time.


Funding Agency: NSF Bio Oce
Grant or contract number: OCE 1061391
Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 84957800/OCE-0849578

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Atlantis

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz
Deionized Water System
Science Underway Seawater System
Transponder Navigation - Sonardyne USBL
Navigation - Heading
Fume Hood
Navigation - Position

Shipboard Communication

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

CTD/Water Sampling

911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors
SBE43 oxygen sensor
Wet Labs C*Star transmissometer (660nm wavelength)

Critical CTD Sensors

SID/ISMS to use .322 wire to carry ~ 10 liter sea water

Hydrographic Analysis Equipment


MET Sensors

Barometric Pressure
Air temperature
Relative Humidity
Wind speed and direction

Sediment Sampling


Sample Storage

Climate Controlled Walk-in
Freezer -70°C 25 cu. ft.
Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft.
Scientific Walk-in Freezer
Storage Notes: Science hold storage San Diego Sept 30. And return to WHOI Feb 7.
small amount of chems in refers.


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no
How many nets? null
How many tansponders? null
Will you be using Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation?no


Navigation Notes: I am not up on exactly what Jason needs, but I know it used to be LBL, but seem to recall Jason uses USBL now?  We may need to set out transponders.


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Trawl Winch with 9/16th trawl wire
Winch Notes: Muliticorer with Trawl wire.
.322 for CTD and SID (sci)

Wire use and application

CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Trawl Winch with 9/16th trawl wire
Winch Notes: This wire (the regular CTD wire) will be used for the SID/ISMS, which has real-time communication features. The instrument is capable of carrying up to 8L of water. The rest of the instrument is filter units. Edgcomb can not provide an exact weight at this time since it is under construction, but it is far lighter than a Niskin rosette

Standard Oceanographic Cables

Slip ring required? no
Non-standard wire required? no
Traction winch required? no

Portable Vans

Chemical Storage Van

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? yes
Details: no - will use hydroboom and crane for multicorer.

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: yes Identify nothing out of the ordinary
Equipment Handling: no Identify: 
Inter/intraship Communications: no Identify: 
Science Stowage: no Identify: 
Water: yes Identify: DI water

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:
will provide a complete list but for now:

Bouin's fixative
Lugol's fixative

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yes
Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
We will deploy the SID/ISMS during night time for the grazing experiments which run min. 6 hrs. This will occur on 4 nights (two each basin)
Other required equipment and special needs:

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Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: yes
Diplomatic Clearance: yes
Date Submitted: Aug 4, 2011
Date Approved: Nov 16, 2011
Agent Information:

Master R/V Atlantis
Attn: Scientist's Name - AT18-14
c/o Paxton, Shreve & Hays Inc.
453 54th Street Suite 101
San Diego, CA   92114

Contact: Tom Jenkins
Phone: (619) 232-8941
Fax: (619) 232-3006
Telex: 6731029 SHREVE SDG
Email: marineops@pshinc.net 

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


Master R/V Atlantis
Attn: Scientist's Name AT18-14
c/o Vasile Tudoran Transport
819 Ohio Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90804

Contact: Vasile Tudoran
Phone: (562) 882-5590
Fax: (562) 434-9800
Email: vtudoran@aol.com 

NOTE 1:  A shipping address will become available as soon as possible.

NOTE 2:   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

For cargo loaded in October / San Diego. Will need US Custom forms 4455 for items returning to the USA.
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Allison Heater (f), Dave Simms (m)
Pre Loading in San Diego CA at 10th Avenue Pier Terminal.  
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