Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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R/V Knorr

Cruise Party

William Curry: Principal Investigator, Chief Scientist
+1 508 289 2591

Delia Oppo: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Clark 119A, MS#23 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2681

Departure: Jan 24, 2010

Bridgetown, Barbados on Jan 24, 2010

Arrival: Feb 14, 2010

Bridgetown, Barbados on Feb 14, 2010

Operations Area

Demarara Rise
Lat/Lon: 8° 0.0′ N / 53° 0.0′ W
Depth Range: 400 / 4000
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Suriname, French Guiana, Barbados
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

Field and Laboratory Program to Evaluate Atlantic Intermediate Circulation During the Past 25,000 Years. In this project, the PIs will study how changes in deep ocean circulation influenced the distribution of heat, nutrients, and carbon within the ocean, and their link to earth's climate and levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. The research will test the hypothesis that the northward flow of Antarctic Intermediate Water (AAIW) in the Atlantic Ocean is linked to its role as a supplier of North Atlantic Deep Water (NADW), which derives from sinking of surface waters at high northern latitudes and then flows southward in the Atlantic. The PIs predict that when NADW fills more of the deep Atlantic, AAIW penetrates farther northward to supply NADW.

Science Activities

Long Core operations at  ~ 25 stations, multibeam, water sampling (2 -4 ctd casts total)
Jim Broda's Long Core group will conduct the coring.

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Visit WHOI
Meeting Notes: Held meeting Dec 7 @ 1000 a.m.


  Station 1
  Distance: 380
  Days: null
  Latitude: 8° N
  Longitude: 53° W

  Station 2
  Distance: 1.5 days
  Days: null

Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: OCE08-050880

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Knorr

Other Science Vans:

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Sippican XBT System (Mark 21)
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz
Science Underway Seawater System
12 kHz Pinger for Wire Use

CTD/Water Sampling

911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors

Critical CTD Sensors

MET Sensors

Air temperature
Barometric Pressure
Relative Humidity
Wind speed and direction

Sediment Sampling

Gravity corers
Jumbo Long Corer
Storage Notes: science will use the cold storage van located up on the 01 deck for sediment samples


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no
How many nets? 0
How many tansponders? 0
Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation?no


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Trawl Winch with 9/16th trawl wire

Standard Oceanographic Cables

  Instrument(s) Instrument Weight(s) Maximum Depth
Trawl: Multicorer & gravity corer
Slip ring required? no Number of conductors: 
Non-standard wire required? no Type: 
Traction winch required? no Describe: 

Portable Vans

Chemical Storage Van
Cold Storage Van
Science Van 1
Type/size: Long Core Vans = 5 total (see deck plan) Location: Cold Van on 01 deck
Water: Power:

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: no Type: 
Cruise Specific Science Winch Required: yes Type: Long core winch
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:
Long Core equipment and overboarding gear provided by WHOI

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?yesDescribe deployment method and quantity:
Core logger, authorization has been approved

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yesSpecialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
regular xbt's needed during collection of mulltibeam data.Other required equipment and special needs:

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: yes
Diplomatic Clearance: yes
Date Submitted: Aug 11, 2009
Date Approved:
Agent Information:
Master R/V Ship Name
Attn: Scientist's Name
c/o DaCosta Mannings Inc.
St. Michael

Contact:  Glyne St. Hill, Manager
Email: gsthill@dmishipping.com
Phone:(246) 430-4804
Fax: (246) 431-0051

Contact:  David Priddee, Operations Manager
Email Address: dpriddee@dmishipping.com
Tel. no. (246) 430-4819
Cell no. (246) 231-5348

Contact:  Dacosta Dawson, Senior Operations Coordinator
Email Address: operations@dmishipping.com
Tel. no. (246) 430-4817
Cell no. (246) 233-6046

Contact:  Arlin Kellman, Assistant Operations Manager
Email Address: akellman@dmishipping.com
Tel. No. (246) 430-4825
Cell no. (246) 230-4353

Note: Agent and WHOI contacts should be copied on all communications. It is requested that shipment information of any equipment be communicated to the Agent and to all WHOI contacts
Suriname and French Guiana.

French Guiana clearance obtained Jan 12, 2010
4455's =  Long core vans (5)
Science may have microscopes or other valued equipemnt.  Will do separate form for these and it will travel with the Cold Van that will be shipped back from Fortelza Brazil in March.
Isotope Use Approval: yes
Isotope Notes:
MST Core Logger - Approved Nov 09'.  Will be set up in main lab - aft - port side, facing outboard.
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Amy and Robbie
Loading to take place in Tampa FL. with Jim Broda's long core equipment.
science load dates Jan 10 -12th.
(most of their equipment will be stowed in with Broda's gear coming from WHOI)

OFF Load: Barbados.  Science will keep sediment & equip. in cold van and ship from Fortaleza, Brazil.
Female Cadet will be sailing on this cruise and will share a cabin with SSSG tech Amy.

science party size ~ 12
techs  2
cadet 1
long core techs 10

Surinmane observer will be joining as well.

total = 26 as of 12/30/09