Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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R/V Atlantis

Cruise Party

Andrew Armstrong: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
NOAA / UNH Joint Hydrographic Center Chase Ocean Engineering Building, 24 Colovos Rd. Durham, NH United States 03824-3525
+1 603 862 4559

Stephen Forbes: Principal Investigator
Bedford Institute of Oceanography 1 Challenger Drive Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Canada B2Y 4A2
+1 902 426 3657

Departure: Aug 15, 2012

Woods Hole, MA

Arrival: Sep 10, 2012

Boston, MA.

Operations Area

~100 - 600nm off Nova Scotia and Cape Cod Ma.
Depth Range: 500 / 3000
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Canada
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

To obtain detailed bathymetery using the Konsberg EM 122 to provide detailed bottom coverage off shore on the Scotian Shelf including the US and Canadian side of the designated maritime boundary i.e. the Hague Line.

Science Activities

Multibeam, gravimeter, XBT's, magnetometer (if time allows) and 2 CTD casts.

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference


Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NOAA
Grant or contract number: 16551.04
Funding Agency: WHOI Project Number ID
Grant or contract number: 814235.01

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Atlantis

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Sippican XBT System (Mark 21)
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz
Towed Magnetometer

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

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)
Wet Labs FLNTURTD Combination Flourometer and Turbidity Sensor

Critical CTD Sensors

1 or 2 casts for entire cruise
Storage Notes: Science will supply their own XBT's and stow them in hydro lab or Alvin hangar.


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:


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

Standard Oceanographic Cables

Slip ring required? no
Non-standard wire required? no
Traction winch required? 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? 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?no
Describe deployment method and quantity:

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?no
Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
multibeam support
Other required equipment and special needs:

Checklist & Notes


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

Master R/V Atlantis
Attn: Scientist's Name - AT21-06#
c/o WHOI
266 Woods Hole Rd.
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Contact: Eric Benway
Phone: (508) 289-3770
Fax: (508) 457-2185
Email: ebenway@whoi.edu

same as above.
No Customs forms (4455's) required for this voyage.
Diplomatic Clearance held by Govt. of Canada with National Hydrographic Service on board Atlantis.
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Allison Heater, Peter Lemmond
Loading XBT's  either Friday Aug 10 or Sunday Aug 12.