Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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R/V Knorr

Cruise Party

Elizabeth Kujawinski: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Fye 112B, MS#04 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 3493

Rainer Lohmann: Principal Investigator
Organization Name USA
+1 401 874 6612

Krista Longnecker: Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Fye 112A, MS#04 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2824

Benjamin Van Mooy: Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Fye 119, MS#04 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2322

Departure: Mar 25, 2013

Montevideo Uruguay

Arrival: May 9, 2013

Bridgetown Barbados

Operations Area

Western Atlantic Ocean
Lat/Lon: 34° 0.0′ S / 58° 0.0′ W
Depth Range: 0 / 5000
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? none
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

1. Characterize deep ocean dissolved organic matter in water masses of western Atlantic Ocean
2. Characterize microbial community at selected stations and at selected depths
3. Characterize metabolic capabilities of surface, mesopelagic and bathypelagic microbial consortia vis-a-vis the degradation of organic matter from each zone
4. Examine metabolic and phylogenetic links between microbes in different marine zones (surface, meso-pelagic and bathypelagic depths)

Science Activities

1. Collection of discrete water samples by Niskin-bottles
2. Collection of microbial communities from these water samples, by in-situ pumping, or by net-traps and net-tows.
3. Incubation experiments in lab and on deck.
4. Underway mass spectrometry and flow cytometry, from seawater intake.

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Visit WHOI
Meeting Notes: Already at WHOI


Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 85432000

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Knorr

Other Science Vans:

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
Deionized Water System
Science Underway Seawater System
12 kHz Pinger for Wire Use
Fume Hood

Shipboard Communication

Is there an expectation to use Skype or any other real-time video conference program?
Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

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
Biospherical underwater PAR (1000m depth limit) with reference Surface PAR

Critical CTD Sensors

We know we will need to remove the PAR sensor for any casts >1000 m

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: we will also have liquid N2 dewars


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
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

Isotope Van
Chemical Storage Van
Science Van 1
Type/size: Rad Van Location: 01 Deck
Water: Power:Clean
Science Van 2
Type/size: Storage Location: 01 deck
Water: none Power:none

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: no Type: 
Cruise Specific Science Winch Required: no Type: 
Nets Required: yes Type: Van Mooy net-traps - TBD

Over the Side Equipment

Will you be bringing any equipment (winches, blocks, etc.) that lowers instruments over the side? yes Details:
DT Winch (Ossolinski Net Tows)
TSE (From Previous cruise)

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: no Identify: 
Equipment Handling: no Identify: 
Inter/intraship Communications: no Identify: 
Science Stowage: yes Identify: need to pre-load in US port and store materials until cruise
Water: yes Identify: need large volumes of RO water prior to treatment for drinking water

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:
  • Hydrochloric acid
  • Mercuric chloride
  • Formaldehyda
  • Mitomycin C
  • Phosphate Buffered Saline
  • p-phenylenedaimine
  • Glycerol
  • Sodium azide
  • Methanol
  • Acetone
  • Lugols Solution
  • phthaldialdehyde
  • Liquid Nitrogen

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yesSpecialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
Net tows- Justin OssolinskiOther required equipment and special needs:
6 Sunlight dependent incubators to be mounted on the 0-1 deck
Lohmann is going to be doing high-volume air sampling. Details on size and location have been requested and questionnaire will be updated asap.

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: no
Date Submitted:
Date Approved:
Agent Information:
Master R/V Knorr
Attn: Dr. Liz Kujawinski
Cerrito 618
11.000 Montevideo, Uruguay
Phone:  (0598) 2916.1707
Fax:   (0598) 2916.1758
Telex (23) 479966 TRANSH UY
email: tranship@tranship.com.uy  

Woods Hole

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

Master R/V Knorr
Attn: Dr. Liz Kujawinski
c/o DaCosta Distribution Inc.
Shipping Division
Brandons Complex
St. Michael
Phone: (246) 430-4809; (246) 430-4825

Primary Contact: Anthony Oliver, Operations Coordinator*
Email Address: logistics@dmishipping.com
Tel. no. (246) 430-4881
Cell no. (246) 231-5382
Fax: (246) 431-0878

Customs forms (4455) Due January 11th to csmith@whoi.edu
Isotope Use Approval: yes
Isotope Notes:
Rad Van
Been Van Mooy & Justin Ossolinski Rad Authorization Granted 1/4/2013
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Rad Van and Storage van to be loaded on 01 deck