Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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Luther KN209-02


R/V Knorr

Cruise Party

George Luther: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
University of Delaware 700 Pilottown RD Lewes, DE USA 19958
+1 302 645 4208

Departure: Oct 16, 2012

Ponta del Gada, Azores

Arrival: Nov 10, 2012

Charleston , SC

Operations Area

Mid Atlantic between 23 and 27 north latitude and 44 to 25 west longitude
Depth Range: min / max (m)
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? no

Science Objectives

We will study a slow spreading system at Rainbow, TAG and Snake Pit in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. We will obtain data and samples from ROV Jason II. 

We will obtain water column samples from at least 3 CTD rosette casts.

Science Activities

 See my e-mail to David Fisichella dated December 5, 2011.  It is reproduced below

We requested Jason for our cruise and will use our in situ analyzer on it as we have on past cruises. Jason work will be the main effort. We need to have every Titanium sampler in the Jason and Alvin pool available for our cruise as our main work is to sample the hot vents at several MAR sites. I hope they are all  in good condition; if not, WHOI needs to request funds to insure that they are reliable. We will likely have a couple of biologists on the cruise, who will want to collect specimens, so freezers will be necessary including a -80 deg C freezer.


 We will likely use elevators to bring some Titanium samplers aboard before the Jason comes aboard. Please budget steel weights for this purpose as well as have elevators and transponders available for us. Jason and Alvin have several elevators; if not, please budget for two new ones. I assume we would do between 4-6 elevator ops maximum during the cruise.


 We also will use the Knorr's CTD/rosette system when Jason is not being used so wish to have a SSSG available to operate it for us so we can sample the water column. I assume this is normal for the Knorr as it is on the Atlantis for Alvin ops. In using the Melville and Thompson, we had help for CTD work. We hope to coordinate these sampling needs via our Jason work. A fume hood needs to be available for some of our chemical work.


 We will have an outreach program on the cruise so will need to send data and communication back to the beach for a blog. We will likely send some large files back including photos, etc. Please budget for this.


 We expect to ship our gear to the Knorr before it leaves WHOI, which should be no problem based on the present schedule. Please call me if you have any questions.

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference
Meeting Notes: Pre Cruise held June 12 in Blake Conf room


  Snake Pit
  Distance: 165
  Days: 3
  Latitude: 23° 23.0’ N
  Longitude: 44° 56.1’ W

  Distance: 825
  Days: 3
  Latitude: 26° 8.0’ N
  Longitude: 44° 49.6’ W

  Distance: 405
  Days: 4
  Latitude: 36° 13.8’ N
  Longitude: 33° 54.14’ W

  Porta Delgada
  Distance: 0
  Days: 0
  Latitude: 37° 49.0’ N
  Longitude: 25° 45.0’ W

Supporting documentation:

Notes: ROV shipping van to be placed on O-2 deck along with container from Previous cruise (Schmitt).

Charleston SC arrival for demob:

Detyens Shipyards, Inc.

1670 Drydock Avenue, Bldg 236

North Charleston, SC 29405-2121


Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: OCE-1131109

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Knorr

Shipboard Equipment

Deionized Water System
Fume Hood

Shipboard Communication

Is there a need to transfer data to shore on a regular basis?
Is there a need to receive data from shore on a regular basis?
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

Sample Storage

Freezer -70°C 25 cu. ft.
Chest Freezer (Household type) 0°F
Freezer -20°C
Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.
Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft.
Storage Notes: biological samples


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: We are using ROV Jason II so need to be compatible with these needs.


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Winch Notes:
Wire Notes:

Standard Oceanographic Cables

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

Portable Vans

Chemical Storage Van

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: yes Type: ROV Jason II deployment
Cruise Specific Science Winch Required: yes Type: ROV Jason II deployment
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: yes Identify: clean lab power
Equipment Handling: no Identify: 
Inter/intraship Communications: no Identify: 
Science Stowage: yes Identify: some as we plan to bring gear to WHOI prior to cruise
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:
Lithium Batteries

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yes
Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
For CTD operations when Jason II is not used
Other required equipment and special needs:

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: yes
Diplomatic Clearance: no
Date Submitted:
Date Approved:
Agent Information:

Contact: Eduardo Cordeiro
Phone. 351 296 284 620
Fax: 351 296 284 501
Mobile: 351 962700054
Mobile: 351 917861923
Email: azores.shipping@mail.telepac.pt;
Master R/V Ship Name
Attn: Scientist's Name
c/o Allships-Agencia de Navegação, Lda.
Avenida Infante D. Henrique, 33-5
9500-150 Ponta Delgada

Woods Hole:
Chad Smith
Assistant Marine Operations Coordinator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
38 Water Street MS #37 Woods Hole, MA 02543
Office: (508)-289-3811
Email: csmith@whoi.edu

Charleston, SC

John D. Perez

Manager Ships Agency

Charleston SC & Wilmington NC

Wilhelmsen Ships Service

Tel: +1 843-388-8188 (24 Hours) | Mobile: +1 843-340-4838 | Fax: +1 866-284-9418

wss.charleston.shipsagency@wilhelmsen.com | www.wilhelmsen.com/shipsservice | wssproducts.wilhelmsen.com


US Customs Forms Required -4455
Additional customs documentation for equipment being flown to meet the ship in the Azores
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Amy Simoneau, Anton Zafereo
MOB- Azores
Jason equipment being shipped to Azores
Use of shore crane in Azores Required (90-100 ton)

Demob: after Transit back to US. Destination TBA

Demob Address in Charleston:

Detyens Shipyards, Inc.

1670 Drydock Avenue, Bldg 236

North Charleston, SC 29405-2121

Transducer Pole required for Jason USBL system