Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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R/V Knorr

Cruise Party

Paul Baker: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Duke University, Earth and Ocean Sciences 103 Old Chem Building Durham, , NC USA 27708-0227
+1 919 684 5450

David Hollander: Chief Scientist
University of South Florida, College of Marine Science 140 7th Avenue South St. Petersburg, Fl USA 33701
+1 727 553 1019

Departure: Feb 19, 2010

Bridgetown, Barbados

Arrival: Mar 12, 2010

Fortaleza, Brazil

Operations Area

Northwest coast of Brasil, from French Guiana down to Forteleza
Lat/Lon: 5° 30.0′ N / 41° 0.0′ W
Depth Range: 4000 / max (m)
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Brazil
Are visas or special travel documents required? yes

Science Objectives

High resolution 3.5 kHz chirp profiling, coring, using box core, multicore and long core. Water column sampling.

Science Activities

Long coring, multicoring, box coring, gravity coring. High-res seismic and multibeam mapping. CTD and water sampling.

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference
Meeting Notes: Teleconference 12/8 @ 10:30 East coast time.
Media personnel on board: None


  Station 1
  Distance: 805
  Days: null
  Latitude: 4° 42.0’ N
  Longitude: 49° 2.0’ W

Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 0823650

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Knorr

Other Science Vans:

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
ADCP 150 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz
Deionized Water System
Fume Hood

CTD/Water Sampling

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

Critical CTD Sensors

Hydrographic Analysis Equipment


MET Sensors

Barometric Pressure
Air temperature
Relative Humidity
Wind speed and direction

Sediment Sampling

Jumbo Long Corer
Box corer
Gravity corers

Sample Storage

Chest Freezer (Household type) 0°F
Storage Notes: They will mostly use the cold storage van on 01 deck.


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no
How many nets? 0
How many tansponders? 0
Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation?yes


Trawl Winch with 9/16th trawl wire
CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire

Standard Oceanographic Cables

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

Portable Vans

Cold Storage Van
Chemical Storage Van
Science Van 1
Type/size: Long Core Vans Location:
Water: Power:

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: no Type: 
Cruise Specific Science Winch Required: yes Type: Long Core
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?yesDescribe deployment method and quantity:
- N2 gases for gas filtrations

- Core logger (radioactive source) Authorized by WHOI Rad Safety officer , Gary Dwyer is authorized user (see attached document).
Placement will be in the main lab, aft, portside, facing outboard.

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yesSpecialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
multibeam, ctd, survey at nightOther required equipment and special needs:
Science will load some gear (aprox 1 pallet worth) in Tampa Fl.  Along with some N2 gases.
Dave Hollander will be the p.o.c. for this.

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: yes
Date Submitted: Jul 30, 2009
Date Approved:
Agent Information:
Master R/V Ship Name
Attn: Scientist's Name
c/o DaCosta Mannings Inc.
St. Michael

Contact:  Glyne St. Hill, Manager
Email: gsthill@dmishipping.com
Phone:(246) 430-4804
Fax: (246) 431-0051

Contact:  David Priddee, Operations Manager
Email Address: dpriddee@dmishipping.com
Tel. no. (246) 430-4819
Cell no. (246) 231-5348

Contact:  Dacosta Dawson, Senior Operations Coordinator
Email Address: operations@dmishipping.com
Tel. no. (246) 430-4817
Cell no. (246) 233-6046

Contact:  Arlin Kellman, Assistant Operations Manager
Email Address: akellman@dmishipping.com
Tel. No. (246) 430-4825
Cell no. (246) 230-4353

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 to all WHOI contacts

Brazil (Fortaleza)
Primary Agent:
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  

Master R/V Ship Name
Attn: Scientist's Name
c/o Littora Maris Maritime & Rep. Com. Ltda.
Av. Parajana, nº 3394 Loja A  - Serrinha
Fortaleza-Ceara-CEP: 60.740-000

Phone: 55-85-88990130 / 91810130
Operations Department / Mr. Washington Albuquerque

Note: Agent and WHOI contacts should be copied on all communications. It is requested that shipment information for any equipment be communicated to the Agent and WHOI contacts.

ALL Scientists and Long Core Techs will need to obtiain Brazilan "tourist" visas for this cruise.
U.S. Custom form 4455 will need to be taken with equipment flown back into the U.S.
Isotope Use Approval: yes
Isotope Notes:
Core Logger approved. 
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Amy Simoneau (f) & Robbie Laird (m)
Loading ~2 pallets of gear in Tampa Fl. Jan 10 -11

Off load in Fortaleza Brazil.  Including sci samples.