Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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KN204-01A & B


R/V Knorr

Cruise Party

Edward Boyle: Chief Scientist
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 77 Mass. Ave. Cambridge, MA United States 02139
+1 617 253 3388

William Jenkins: Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution McLean 238, MS#08 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2554

Departure: Nov 6, 2011


Arrival: Dec 11, 2011

Praia Cape Verde Islands

Operations Area

WHOI to Bermuda to Cape Verde Islands
Depth Range: min / max (m)
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Bermuda, Cape Verde Islands
Are visas or special travel documents required? yes

Science Objectives

GEOTRACES: Trace elements and their isotopes, distribution in the ocean, first US section. We will collect water column dissolved and particulate matter for a wide variety of trace elements and their stable and radioisotopes.

Science Activities

ODF 30 liter rosette CTD casts
ODU Trace metal rosette CTD casts
McLane particulate pump casts
underway sampling with towed fish
sampling from shipboard "uncontaminated" system

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Visit WHOI
Meeting Notes: Already set up for Thursday Aug 11 at 2 pm


Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: OCE-0926204

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Knorr

Other Science Vans:

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz
Deionized Water System
Science Underway Seawater System
Fume Hood

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

CTD/Water Sampling

Wet Labs ECO-AFL fluorometer
Wet Labs C*Star transmissometer (660nm wavelength)
Seapoint STM turbidity sensor
SBE43 oxygen sensor
911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors
Biospherical underwater PAR (1000m depth limit) with reference Surface PAR

Critical CTD Sensors

12-position 30 liter rosette with multiple sensors

Hydrographic Analysis Equipment

Salt Bottles (2 cases of 125 ml provided)

MET Sensors

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

Sample Storage

Freezer -70°C 25 cu. ft.
Freezer -20°C
Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.
Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft.
Storage Notes: Freezer van Additional 15 cu ft refrigerator(s) required


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
Hydro Winch with .25" hydro wire
Winch Notes: ODU Dynacon winch system for TE rosette; spool Buesseler Vectran onto spare hydro winch

Wire use and application

CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Wire Notes: Buesseler Vectran on hydro winch for in situ pumps

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: ODU/GEOTRACES Location: Main Deck Stbd Side
Water: yes Power:480, single

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: yes Type: GEOTRACES A-frame; fish boom
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:
GEOTRACES GOFlo rosette system; tow fish boom and base

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: no Identify: 
Equipment Handling: no Identify: 
Inter/intraship Communications: no Identify: 
Science Stowage: yes Identify: 46 pallet boxes on deck for water samples
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:

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

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

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: yes
Diplomatic Clearance: no
Date Submitted: Aug 12, 2011
Date Approved:
Agent Information:
Master R/V KNORR
Attn: Scientist's Name - KN204-01
c/o WHOI
266 Woods Hole Rd.
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Contact: Chad Smith
Phone: (508) 289-3811
Fax: (508) 457-2185
Email: csmith@whoi.edu
Bermuda and Cape Verde
4455's for all equipment loaded in USA and returning to US on RV KNORR.
Date forms required to turn into Chad Smith Nov 4.
Isotope Use Approval: yes
Isotope Notes:
sealed source in maspectrometer.
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Amy Simoneu, Anton Zafero
Loading Nov 2 - 5 @ WHOI
Off Load
Dec 23 arrival WHOI  - ALL PALLET BOXES WITH H2O samples for inside storage
Tues Dec27 & 28.