Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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Lee KN205


R/V Knorr

Cruise Party

Craig Lee: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington 1013 NE 40th St Seattle, WA USA 98105-6698
+1 206 685 7656

Departure: Feb 22, 2012

Woods Hole, MA

Arrival: Mar 17, 2012

Woods Hole, MA

Operations Area

Within 300 nautical miles of the Outer Banks of North Carolina (Cape Hatteras), on the seaward side of the Gulf Stream.
Lat/Lon: 34° 0.0′ N / 74° 0.0′ W
Depth Range: min / max (m)
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? no

Science Objectives

Studies of lateral mixing in the upper ocean with: (i) Knorr-  towed, undulating profilers (Triaxus and Seasoar) and Lagrangian floats and (ii) Atlantis- moving vessel profilers, gliders and drifters. A Lagrangian float will be released at selected sites. The float will be tracked acoustically by Knorr. Knorr will conduct small-scale (~5 km) surveys around the drifting float while Atlantis occupies a larger (20km) pattern around Knorr. Both ships will follow the drifting float. Surveys will last 1-5 days.

Science Activities

Knorr will support:
(1) Towed surveys of an limited domain using the Triaxus undulating towed profiler (APL-UW)
(2) Delpoyment and recovery of Lagrangian floats.

The Lagrangian float will be released at selected sites and tracked acoustically by Knorr. Knorr will conduct small-scale (~5 km) surveys around the float, following its drift. These deployments will last 1-5 days. We anticipate executing 3-6 deployments over the course of the cruise.

We anticipate operations in rough weather, as part of the science program requires strong wind forcing. 

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference


Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: ONR/NAVY
Grant or contract number: N00014-09-1-0266

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Knorr

Other Science Vans:

Shipboard Equipment

ADCP 300 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz
Deionized Water System
Transducer well for visiting instrumentation

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

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

Critical CTD Sensors

MET Sensors

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


Other Portable Winch
CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Winch Notes: Will bring our own Dynacon winch for Triaxus/Seasoar. This is the same winch that was used aboard Oceanus for the 2011 LATMIX cruise (and aboard Knorr in 2003 for our Adriatic work).

Wire use and application

Wire Notes: 10mm electro-optical armored cable used on our Triaxus winch. This is the same cable that was used aboard Oceanus for the 2011 LATMIX cruise (and aboard Knorr in 2003 for our Adriatic work).

Standard Oceanographic Cables

Slip ring required? no Number of conductors: 
Non-standard wire required? no Type: 
Traction winch required? no Describe: 
Science Van 1
Type/size: 10' Storage Van (APL-UW) Location: 01, after of bething van
Water: Power:no

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:
Winch: Dynacon model 10030 • line pull 3500 lbs. • Winch cert of compliance (please use material supplied for LATMIX 2011 aboard Oceanus). • Deck mount - drawings and calculations attached. Minimum safety factor is 2.7 over cable break. Winch cert of compliance attached. • Power: 3-phase, 440V. Block: Campbell A1422D block (catalog page attached) • Armored, 10 mm diameter. • SWL 7000 lbs. • Ultimate strength 21000 lbs Cable: Rochester A305382 • Break strength 16000 lbs. • http://www.rochestercables.com/pdfs/DataLines/EOP/A305382.pdf • As an added safeguard, the Triaxus vehicle is attached to the cable through a weak link sized at 5000 lbs.

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: yes Identify: 3-phase 440V for winch
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?noDescribe 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: no
Diplomatic Clearance: no
Date Submitted:
Date Approved:
Agent Information:
Chad Smith
R/V Knorr
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
266 Woods Hole Road
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Office: (508)-289-3811
Mobile: (617)-999-4163
Email: csmith@whoi.edu
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech: