Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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R/V Knorr

Cruise Party

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

Departure: Sep 14, 2013

Nuuk (Godthab), Greenland

Arrival: Oct 3, 2013

Nuuk (Godthab), Greenland

Operations Area

Davis Strait, Northern Labrador Sea, Southern Baffin Bay
Lat/Lon: 61° 0.0′ N / 68° 0.0′ W
Depth Range: min / max (m)
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Canada, Greenland (Denmark)
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

Cruises will take place in autumn of 2011, 2013 and 1015, timed to minimize the probability of encountering ice while remaining in the early autumn window for good weather.

Operations will include servicing an array of 9 subsurface moorings and 6 shelf sites across the Davis Strait, deployment and recovery of autonomous gliders and a hydrographic survey that spans the from the Northern Labrador Sea to Southern Baffin Bay.

Cruise conducted in two legs, seperated by a brief personnel exchange in the port of Sisimiut.

Science Activities

Mooring recoveries, mooring deployments, glider deployments, CTD sections

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference/Visit WHOI
Meeting Notes: WHOI requests this meeting be scheduled no later than July 31st 2013


Supporting documentation:


Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 1022472

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Knorr

Other Science Vans:

Shipboard Equipment

ADCP 300 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz
12 kHz Pinger for Wire Use

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

CTD/Water Sampling

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

Sample Storage

Chest Freezer (Household type) 0°F
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:


Mooring / TSE winch
Winch Notes: TSE Winch Reserved from West Coast Winch Pool (confirmed)
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

Hydrographic Van
Science Van 1
Type/size: Craig Lee Van Location:
Water: Power:

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?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:
Master R/V KNORR
Attn: Craig Lee / AON Davis Strait
c/o Royal Arctic Liner Agency
Aqqusinersauq 52, PO Box 1629
3900 Nuuk

Contact: Tina Lynge Schmidt, Gorm Diernisse
Phone: 299 349281, 299 349280
Fax: 299 349289
Cell: 299 555649, 299 555650
Email: portagent@ral.gl, god@ral.gl


R/V Knorr - AON Davis Strait
c/o Chad Smith
266 Woods Hole Rd
Woods Hole, MA

Contact: Chad Smith
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Office:  (508)-289-3811
Mobile: (617)-999-4163
Email: csmith@whoi.edu

Canada, Greenland (Denmark), United States
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Amy Simoneau, Dave Simms
Preloading at Woods Hole:
September 1st - 3rd
Riders from Bloomquist Science Party approved by Chief Scientist

Byron Blomquist -blomquis@hawaii.edu
Michelle Kim - mjk024@ucsd.edu